115 cm x 50 cm
Geometric Old Varamin, dark blue with border and diamonds
|Place of origin|
|Size||115 cm x 50 cm (= 0.58 qm)|
|Material||Flor: wool (handspun, natural color)|
Weft & Warp: wool
|Year of manufacture||1920|
|Coloring||dark blue, beige|
Place of origin
Varamin (also Veramin) is located a good 50 km southeast of Iran's capital city of Tehran, in northern Iran, and was an important administrative center at the time of the Mongol rule. The proximity to the capital city of Tehran with its higher wage has resulted in Veramin rugs being hardly knotted at all. It is assumed that the craft of knotting was established there at about the same time as in Ghom, i.e. at the beginning of the 20th century, and that the manufactories were once set up by Tehran investors. This theory is supported in particular by the color compositions of early Varamins, which are reminiscent of those of Ghom rugs. This old Varamin is more than 40 years old and a true collector's item.
The edge of the rug is decorated with an edging (border). The border forms a beautiful contrast to the center.
The abstract, geometric composition creates the simple elegance of this Varamin. The pattern flatters the design of the room and does not take the attention away from its furniture, decoration and architectural elements. It creates a pleasant atmosphere without dominating the style of the room.
In the pattern of this Varamin, the diamonds stand out in particular. Diamonds are a rhombus standing on a point, the four equal sides of which may be jagged, stitched or hooked. The diamond is one of the oldest basic forms in oriental rugs. It has a symbolic meaning in the Islamic world: it symbolizes the immortality of the soul. It is therefore very often found as a filler motif.
The repeating elements in the center field of this Varamin rug have no specific center (so-called repeating pattern). The repeating pattern has a calming but not boring effect. Rugs with repeating patterns are also called patterned.
The background of this Varamin is dark blue. The border features beige, terracotta and light brown.
You are not the first to appreciate this Varamin. It has had owners before you who have cherished and used it. It was hand knotted about 1920. It has been thoroughly cleaned and only partially restored condition but is in good condition. We have not completely restored this Varamin because we think it is as it is effect. If you would like, we will of course restore the rug further for you. We can restore almost any rug to an almost perfect condition.
The technique used to produce the materials of the pile of this Varamin is over 200 years old. The wool is dyed with natural colors and spun by hand. Dyeing with natural or vegetable dyes is more complicated, expensive and time-consuming than dyeing with chemical dyes. For a bright red, for example, you would need about one kilogram of ground madder root per kilogram of wool as dye. For a strong, not too pale yellow, you would need two kilograms of the dye madder per kilogram of wool. Also spinning wool is time-consuming and labor-intensive. In addition, fewer and fewer people are able to hand spin wool.
But the effort is worth it: By dyeing with natural dyes, the high-quality wool retains its natural fat content. Wool dyed with natural colors and spun by hand creates fascinating, iridescent patterns. The charm of hand-spun wool with its slight irregularities and natural hues unfolds as a contrasting element in modern interiors, but also in rooms that are furnished in a more traditional or country house style. The backing (weft and warp threads) of this Varamin is made of virgin wool.