Long Vintage Kurdish Herki Kilim Runner Rug (also known by their tribal origin as “Hartushi”) - these are fabulous vintage flatweave tribal Kilims from the Kurdish heartland of the Eastern Turkish/Iraqi border and they don't come up often. They are woven in wool in the slit weave flat-weave technique. This long heavy duty hallway kilim runner measures approx 84x273cm (2.9 x 8.11½ft) excluding any tassels - we love the softer colours in this durable runner - don't miss the Iraqi flags and folk art figures together with the inscription, which we are still trying to decipher! See more about Rug Motifs, Symbols & Meaning here.
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, often they have small borders and large dramatic medallions running through the centre and also all over patterns. These are great substantial solid rugs that will last many years! Typically these hallway corridor rugs would have wool warps and wefts, they use good strong wool that takes dyeing well - made to last with lots of charm and character!
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