Here we have three separate pictures that show different sections of the rug. This is helpful when viewing details in one particular area.
The picture on the left is showing the back side of the rug. At a closer view you can see the gray weft threads that run horizontally through the foundation of the rug. This is common among authentic Gharajeh Persian rugs. The picture on the right is showing the pile folded open, exposing the base of the knot used. The loop at the bottom of the knot, around two warp threads, verifies that the Turkish or Symmetrical knot was used in this rug.
We truly enjoy getting new hand-knotted rugs to share and sell. One of the fun parts about the rugs is learning the distict differences that can help in identifying the origin of the rug. Every rug is different and so are the people that make them. Here is part of the process we use to verify the origin of a rug.
Authenticating Gharajeh (Karaja)
Gharajeh rugs are very distinctive in design and easy to recognize. They typically have a pole medallion as shown in the pictures here. These rugs are produced in Northwestern Iran and have a very geometrical shape in pattern.
Common colors for Gharajeh rugs are various shades of red that go together very harmoniously. Typically you will see a red field color but sometimes other colors are used. Gharajeh rugs will have a blue-grey wefting that runs horizontally through the rug. The Gharajeh design is very similar to those used in Lamberan, but they typically lack the amount of detail you will find in the field of a Gharajeh rug.
Checklist to Verify (Gharajeh)
Gharajeh (Karaja) Village in Iran
Design | Pole Medallions
Pile Material | Wool
Warp Material | Cotton
Weft Material | Wool
Weft Specifics | Grey
Knot Type | Ghiordes / Turkish
Selvage Type | Flat Azerbaijan
Dyes / Colors | Natural