241 cm x 163 cm
Nain, off white with border, Medaillon and signature
|Place of origin|
|Size||241 cm x 163 cm (= 3.93 qm)|
|Material||Flor: cork wool with pure silk|
Weft & Warp: cotton
|Coloring||off white, light blue|
Place of origin
Nain is one of the best known rug provenances (origin, source) of Iran. The city of Nain is located to the northwest of Isfahan and has an old weaving tradition. Prior to the Qajar dynasty (1794 - 1925), the highest quality robes for noblemen, so-called Abas, were made there. Under the influence of the western culture, the traditional robe as clothing was replaced by suits. The weavers transformed their business and began to knot rugs.
Today's Nain rugs owe their unmistakable patterns and color combinations especially to Master Hadj Fatollah Habibian Naiini. He limited himself to less than ten colors in knotting and thus laid the foundation for the color composition of Nain rugs, that are still very popular today. The basic colors are mostly white or beige and blue up to this day, although Nain rugs in the colors red, green and yellow are also becoming more and more common. Floral patterns, whose contours are accented with silk, are typical. Due to their simple elegance, Nain rugs also suit modern interiors.
What differentiates Nain rugs are the four quality levels, indicated by Lah ( Persian for layer). Lah describes the number of threads the warp is twined from. As the number of threads used increases, the warp and thus the knots become thicker and the density of the knots decreases.
The embellished edging (border) forms a beautiful contrast to the center and creates a transition at the edge of the rug.
In the middle of the central field of this Nain 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 luxuriant flower motifs of this Nain are elegant and varied. The graceful vegetative symbols representing flowers, leaves and branches are artfully intertwined.
A special highlight of this Nain is its signature. The signature documents the production in one of the most renowned weaving workshops in Nain. The signature in Arabic characters is an expression of the individuality and noble origin of this rug.
The background of this Nain is off white. The border features off white, light blue and dark blue. The off white center combines the colors light blue and dark blue.
The pile of this Nain has been hand-knotted from cork wool and silk. Cork wool is a particularly fine, almost velvety knotting yarn. Cork wool is taken from the neck, belly and the insides of the legs of the sheep and is of particularly high quality. The pattern of this Nain is highlighted with shiny pure silk, which is manually extracted from the cocoons of the silk moth. The silk elements create a shimmering contrast and let the colors, depending on the lighting, shine in different nuances. The weft and warp threads of this Nain are made of cotton. This versatile material is tear-resistant and stretchable and, therefore, ideal for a durable backing fabric.