Semi-Antique Nain Rug, circa 1955

8'7" x 5'5"

Semi-Antique Nain Rug, circa 1955: 8'7" x 5'5"

Semi-Antique Nain Rug, circa 1955: 8'7" x 5'5"
Semi-Antique Nain Rug, circa 1955: 8'7" x 5'5"
Semi-Antique Nain Rug, circa 1955: 8'7" x 5'5"
Semi-Antique Nain Rug, circa 1955: 8'7" x 5'5"
Semi-Antique Nain Rug, circa 1955: 8'7" x 5'5"
Semi-Antique Nain Rug, circa 1955: 8'7" x 5'5"
Semi-Antique Nain Rug, circa 1955: 8'7" x 5'5"
Semi-Antique Nain Rug, circa 1955: 8'7" x 5'5"
NameSemi-Antique Nain Rug, circa 1955
Size in feet8'7" x 5'5"
Size in meters2.62 x 1.65
Pile (Fiber & Yarns Used)90% Pure wool, 10% pure silk
Type of fabricationHand-knotted
Type of knotsSenneh (asymmetric)
Country Made InIran
Design OriginPersian
ConditionExcellent, Pre-owned semi-antique, one of a kind
Carpet IDLP2107057
Sizes are approximate. Photographs are not necessarily exact for color.
New Rugs Are Of The Highest Quality In Its Category And Are Handpicked Overseas By The Bashir Family


This fine Persian area rug was woven in the city of Nain (central Persia) around 1955. It is in excellent condition and has been hand-knotted with pure wool and silk. The silk can be seen as highlights on peonies, birds and various other motifs. Certain things in this rug that lead us to believe it's in excellent condition is that it still has its original tassels on the fringes. The foundation is very strong. It features a rich assortment of symbols in a dense all over pattern. Symbolism in Persian rugs is passed down from generation to generation and were believed to protect the rug owners from misfortune.

Prominent symbols featured in its border are rows of trees of life which are symbolic for the direct path from earth to heaven. Within its thinner blue borders are rows of small birds alongside iris flowers. The birds here are symbolic of a higher state of being, angels, supernatural help, message from other worlds, happiness and unexpected good news whereas the iris flowers are symbolic of liberty.

The blue color of the thinner borders are a symbolism of running water. In Persian carpet weaving tradition this would refer to the water ones only encounters in paradise in addition to fertility, life, cleanliness and the desire to overcome obstacles. Its thicker beige border, features rows of running dogs in line with weeping willows and another variation of the tree of life. The dogs here are regarded as the protectors of noble palaces and the weeping willow trees are symbolic of meditation. Understanding how to "read" these symbols and patterns enables one to connect with the weaver's story, as well as community and society. At times, it can even provide historical insight and information on the best manner in which to showcase each work of art.

A Brief History of Nain Rugs

Habibian Nain Weaving on LoomNain is the name of a city in Iran known for manufacturing and producing handmade carpets with a combination of blue and ivory shades. Before the first world war, this city was famous for its exquisite tailoring of rugged and traditional Iranian clothes. However, after the first wold war, the industry had collapsed due to the increasing interest of Iranians in western clothing.

With experience in dealing with high-quality wool, artisans began to weave carpets in Nain. The Persian government assisted the city. It transferred weavers from the Persian city of Isfahan and established new manufacturing warehouses. By the 1950's, Nain began winning glory for its remarkable carpet centers. It was in the mid 20th century that masters of Nain created the famous cold blue-white and blue-beige carpets.

Typically, Nainy weaving of wool (a version of wool with silk) use a base of cotton. Most silk is used for border patterns and better "drawing" arabesques. Regular Nains mostly come in an ivory colored background with blue and beige accents. Sometimes the blue is more deeply pronounced and sometimes it is made of a lighter blue. There are however exceptions. Sometimes, these carpets come in vibrant red and vibrant green colors. To learn more about iranian rugs, visit our Persian Rugs section.

Sources and inspiration: Bérinstain, Valérie, et al. L'art du tapis dans le monde (The art of carpets in the world). Paris: Mengès, 1996. Print.; Jerrehian Jr., Aram K.A. Oriental Rug Primer. Philadelphia: Running Press, 1980. Print.; Herbert, Janice Summers. Oriental Rugs, New York: Macmillan, 1982. Print.; Hackmack, Adolf. Chinese Carpets and Rugs, Rutland and Tokyo: Tuttle, 1980. Print. ; De Moubray, Amicia, and David Black. Carpets for the home, London: Laurence King Publishing, 1999. Print.; Jacobsen, Charles. Oriental Rugs A Complete Guide, Rutland and Tokyo: Tuttle, 1962. Print.; Bashir, S. (n.d.). Personal interview.; Web site sources and dates of consultation vary (to be confirmed). Without prejudice to official usage.

About Antique Carpets

Older carpets (antique or vintage) are rugs that date back to the last 100 years. Rugs that are 50 to 99 years of age are referred to as semi-antiques.

They are typically crafted with hand-spun wool and eco-friendly organic dyes, which have a luminous surface, providing an illusion of depth. They have a wonderful patina and character which cannot be usually captured in a newer piece. Each antique carpet is different, as they are found in every type of home and add warmth to pristine and minimalist spaces.

Oriental & Persian carpet designs began to change at the turn of the 20th century, as Western influence expanded across the Middle East. At the time, the native cultural designs began to lose their authenticity because their ability to maintain traditional designs diminished. As the Industrial Revolution came about, preserving traditional master craft techniques became more of a challenge.

Tips for Collectors
  • Antique rugs are made of natural fibers such as, wool, cotton and silk. New rugs are made from a variety of fibers including synthetic and natural fibers such as, mercerized cotton, faux silk often called "Art Silk", silk blends and artificial fibers such as, olefin.
  • If the rug has signs of wear but still appears to be vibrant, this is an indication of a genuine antique carpet.
  • For insurance purposes, you should always obtain a Certificate of Authenticity from the dealer, which should include the size, origin, age, style, materials, knot density, condition and estimated retail value.
  • An authentic Oriental rug will not have a brand name associated with it and it will not be hand-tufted.

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