Old Ghashgai
183 cm x 106 cm
Nr. 17504


Geometric Old Ghashgai, olive green with border, Medaillon and stripes

Place of origin
Size183 cm x 106 cm (= 1.94 qm)
Manufacturinghand knotted
MaterialFlor: wool
Weft & Warp: wool
Pile height15mm
Year of manufacture1950
Coloringolive green, curry
EditionSingle piece

Place of origin

The Ghashghai are prominent Persian nomadic people, who have been living in the south of Iran, in the province of Fars for centuries. They consist of a total of seven tribes. The most important tribe of the Ghashghai, at least with respect to rug production, is the Kashghuli (also Kashguli, Qashguli). Old and antique rugs of the Ghashghai are sought-after collector's items today. Ghashghai rugs are known as King among Persian nomadic rugs.

Most Ghashgai rugs are decorated with the so-called geometric Heibathlou design, a diamond-shaped central field with a rather plain medallion repeated in the corners. The inner field is filled with an unusually large number of ornaments. The motifs range from stars, lions, camels, trees and flowers, to boteh or paisley symbols. The motifs are partly stylized and partly realistic. The repeating motifs are never completely identical. They differ considerably in color scheme. The arrangement of symbols is rarely symmetrical. The longitudinal symmetry is often disregarded. Individual elements in the borders also vary in color. Small rows of boxes at the ends of the rugs are typical. The variance in the design is due to the fact that the Ghashgai had no knotting patterns and all rugs were knotted from memory and covered in interesting motifs.

Nowadays, most of the Ghashghai are settled. Because they are now mainly settled-down, the Ghashghai can also produce large-sized rugs. The few clans still living as nomads move up to the summer pastures in the Zagros Mountains twice a year. In autumn, they return to the regions with milder winter in the valley. The Ghashghai have the reputation of being very proud, hard-working and honorable. Even though the Ghashghai appear less wild and warlike today, they still have an influence on the Iranian domestic politics that should not be underestimated. This old Ghashgai is more than 40 years old and a true collector's item.


The abstract, geometric composition creates the simple elegance of this Ghashgai. The pattern flatters the design of the room and does not take the attention away from its furniture, decoration and architectural elements. It blends in fantastically with any surroundings and subtly complements the interior design of a room..

The edge of the rug is decorated with an edging (border). The border forms a beautiful contrast to the center.

In the middle of the central field of this Ghashgai is the symmetrical center, also called medallion. The design of the field is arranged in such a way that it gives the impression that the medallion is floating on the field.

The straight stripes of this Ghashgai organize and structure the pattern.
br />The colors olive green and curry dominate the overall impression. The border features curry, dark blue and wine red. The olive green center combines the colors beige and wine red.


You are not the first to appreciate this Ghashgai. It has had owners before you who have cherished and used it. It was hand knotted about 1950. It has been thoroughly cleaned and only partially restored condition but is in good condition. We have not completely restored this Ghashgai because we think it is as it is a special charm. 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 pile of this Ghashgai has been hand-knotted from high-quality virgin wool. Virgin wool is obtained through the gentle shearing of sheep. Virgin wool is a sustainable, natural raw material with a number of impressive properties; due to the wool's natural fat content, the surface repels water droplets and is thus naturally impervious to dirt. Wool also offers excellent thermal insulation, has a regulating effect on living climate and muffles sound. The backing (weft and warp threads) of this Ghashgai is made of virgin wool.

The colors of this carpet change depending on which side it is viewed from. It depends on whether the light falls on the line or against the line of the pile. We have therefore taken pictures of this rug from different perspectives.
Kinder gehören in die Schule und nicht an den Knüpf- oder Webstuhl. Für uns ist es daher eine Selbstverständlichkeit, nur Teppiche, die unter fairen Bedingungen und ohne Kinderarbeit hergestellt wurden, anzubieten. Wir legen besonderen Wert auf menschenwürdige Arbeitsbedingungen und tolerieren keine Kinderarbeit bei unseren Produzenten.

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