Old Lilian
356 cm x 280 cm
Nr. 12986


Floral Old Lilian, rusty red with border

Place of origin
Size356 cm x 280 cm (= 9.97 qm)
Manufacturinghand knotted
MaterialFlor: wool
Weft & Warp: cotton
Pile height6mm
Year of manufacture1960
Coloringrusty red, dark blue
EditionSingle piece

Place of origin

Lilian rugs, like Hamadan rugs, come from the northwest of Iran. In contrast to the Hamadan rugs, however, the weavers of Lilian rugs are of Armenian origin. In Iran they are therefore also called Armenibaft-Lilian. Lilian rugs that have been made in recent decades are mostly relatively coarsely knotted. The generally good pile wool, which is knotted into a cotton base fabric (weft & warp made of cotton), turns Lilians into very good and durable rugs.

The most striking attribute of Lilian rugs is the frequently used cross-like flower medallion, surrounded by large flower and leaf tendrils in a four way symmetrical field layout. The coloring is usually bright red with dark blue details. Lilian rugs with large, fully patterned Herati motifs, though available, are a rarity. This old Lilian is more than 40 years old and a true collector's item.


The embellished edging (border) forms a glorious contrast to the center and creates a transition at the edge of the rug.

The luxuriant flower motifs of this Lilian are elegant and varied. The graceful vegetative symbols representing flowers, leaves and branches are artfully intertwined.

The repeating elements in the center field of this Lilian 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 Lilian is dark blue. The colors rusty red and dark blue dominate the overall impression. The border is held in similar colors as the rest of the rug.


This Lilian has a story. It was hand knotted about 1960. It has been thoroughly cleaned and only partially restored condition but is in good condition. We have not completely restored this Lilian 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 pile of this Lilian 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 weft and warp threads of this Lilian are made of cotton. This versatile material is tear-resistant and stretchable and, therefore, ideal for a durable backing fabric.

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.
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