Hamadan rugs stand as a creative and inventive type of Oriental rug. Their original design coupled with their deep history across the roots of hand-knotting offer Hamadan rugs a spotlight unlike any other rug.
History behind the Hamadan Rug
Being one of the oldest cities in Persia, Hamadan is considered to be one of the most prolific and diverse weaving centers of its country. Like other cities that reside around the western part of Persia, Hamadan produces fine, coarse carpets woven together with the symmetric Ghiordes or Turkish knot. Due to the influence of the area's ethnic diversity, the Hamadan’s designs vary to such a degree it’s one of the most unique Oriental rug styles on the market.
Materials and Texture
Traditionally, antique Hamadan rugs feature angular designs, large-scale arabesques, and/or curvilinear motifs. These designs are woven through the use of fine wool throughout the rug’s construction. The Hamadan is closely related to carpets that are crafted in the neighboring areas of Bibakabad, Shiraz, and Lilihan among various other cities.
Design and Color
The aforementioned curve-linear designs of central Persia and the angular symbols of the Caucasus are both presented in an elegant, classic fashion. The single-weft structure used in Hamadan gives rise to a rough yet sizable appealing surface. Almost all the Hamadan runners have a geometrical design which portrays a single essential medallion. Regional rugs incorporate rich blues and deep scarlet reds that present themselves boldly with strong contrast beside ivory and soft neutrals. The classic style of these Hamadan rugs gives them a versatile design that is sought after by both designers and collectors.
Hamadan carpets are the epitome of an edgy and modern interior. These tribal hand weaved gems are considered to be durable and long lasting—they are honored as “treasured” pieces amongst their consumers. Now, typically, a Persian Hamadan includes shades that are mainly made up of strong reds and blues with ivory undertones. The end result is a unique contrasted appearance that’s finally brought together through tightly knotted wool. The quality and design of the Hamadan vary from region to region; for example, there are smaller villages that possess a slightly different weaving method. Older Hamadan carpets that date before 1920 have often been tied on wool warp, a different approach from today’s cotton warp. However, the newer carpets crafted after 1960 often feature synthetic colors and less fine wool than older carpets.
All in all, the Hamadan rugs are a true beauty and a quality addition to any given household as it manages to accentuate the interior’s bold and edgy aesthetic flawlessly.
Hamedan carpets come in many different sizes with a majority of them being 4 x 6 feet to 8 x 10 feet The most familiar sizes are approximately 6 x 4 feet and 5 x 3 feet.