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Malayer Cypress Vagireh

Malayer Cypress Vagireh

  • Number AH196

  • Material Wool

  • Origin Malayer

  • Type Vagireh

  • Style Tree

  • Size 83 x 37

  • Age 1880


Samplers from Malayer are very rare, even among the very rare group of surviving Vagireh rugs in the world. Vagireh or ornak rugs were samplers, created to teach new weavers (usually daughters) and guide them into the design process so that they would have a template to follow. They were almost always discarded once the young weaver learnt her trade and needed the sampler no longer. Thus they are quite scarce and extremely rare. Collecting them has caused a distinct and separate class of carpet collectors to arise. Many of my regular clients are Vagireh crazy like I am.

This sampler is of Mishan quality. The elegant cypress tree rises to meet the tips of two inverted sisters of hers. A hint of a medallion at the top is a sublime finishing touch.

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