Beautiful heavy duty vintage Kurdish Herki Runner Rug (also known by their tribal origin as “Hartushi”) - these are fabulous tribal rugs from the Kurdish heartland of the Eastern Turkish/Iraqi border and they don't come up often. This long hallway runner measures approx 87x442cm (2.10 x 14.6ft) - we love the complex design and the soft ochres, pinks and terracottas in this beautiful piece.
Herki Kurds are actually part of a much greater Kurdish population. The Kurds are made up of a number of clans, tribes, and tribal confederations, many of which have been in existence for thousands of years. These long runners come from the southern part of the Hakkari mountains and are normally woven in long wide sizes, have small borders and large dramatic medallions running through the centre. These are great substantial solid rugs that will last many years! They often have Abrash (variations in tone or intensity of colour which usually occurs as a result of the use of different dye wool batches). See more about Rug Motifs, Symbols & Meaning here.
Typically these hallway corridor rugs would have wool warps and wefts, they use good strong wool that takes dyeing well. They are quite thickly woven with strong selvedges (edges) - made to last with lots of charm and character!
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