Oriental Qashqai Tribal Rug from the Fars province of southern Persia (the tribal areas not far from Shiraz). Originally made by nomadic tribespeople - we love the superior soft handspun wool quality and classic Qashqai design in this piece. This authentic hand-knotted wool rug measures 110x154cm (3.7 x 5.0½ft). This piece has the quirky features of "abrash" which is variations in tone or intensity of colour. On this rug it can be seen half way down the rug where the colour changes. It is different shifts in the tone within a particular colour in a weaving, which usually occur as a result of the use of different dye lots.
At certain times of year, if you are lucky you can see the Qashqai tribes migrating between their summer and winter pastures - we have been lucky enough to see this on a few occasions. They are spotted by the very colourful layered clothing riding their donkeys & mules and herding their sheep and goats along the roads and along the dry riverbeds along with lots of barking dogs!
These rugs are made by these tribespeople who are still trying to live a nomadic way of life; the designs are often quite intricate in the larger rugs and the smaller ones often have a central medallion with some other motifs in the corners or sometimes they may have an all over design or even a pictorial design. Qashqai women weave what they see around them whether its depictions of jewellery, flowers, trees and animals or even a person. See more about Rug Motifs, Symbols & Meaning here.
Rugs from the Qashqai tribe are usually quite finely woven and the better quality pieces nearly always have great soft wool quality (we only choose such pieces when buying). Carpets woven by the Qashqai are also known as Qashgai, Qeshqayı, Ghashghai, Ghashghay, Gashgai, Gashgay, Kashkai, Qashqay, Qashqa'i, Ghashghaei, Kashqai to name a few!!