|An antique early 20th Malayer rug 4' 2 X 6' 6" $4.950|
Malayer is a small town located in the province of Hamedan in north west Iran, 55 miles (90 km) south east of Hamedan city and 250 miles (400 km) south west of Tehran.
Malayer rugs are usually small, although in few cases I have seen big 12’ x 18’ antique Malayer carpets. Making runners is also common. Many of the designs are geometrical; using Herati (Fish, Mahi) or paisley (Boteh) designs. Malayer rugs are single-wefted symmetrically knotted. Generally speaking, Malayer rugs have cotton foundation. In some very older pieces made by Kurds in Malayer, foundations are ivory colored wool. The weave in Malayer rugs is finer than in Hamedan rugs.
A short but very informative video on Malayer rugs courtesy of Barry O'Connell
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)