Design of Meymeh Rug (Rugman)
|Original name||قالی میمه|
|Alternative name(s)||Meymeh Carpet|
|Common designs||vagireh, Geometric|
|Common colors||Red, Blue, Green, Ivory|
|Dyeing method||Natural, Synthetic|
|Knot type||Asymmetrical (Persian)|
Meymeh rugs are authentic hand-woven Persian rugs, made in the district of Meymeh, which is near Isfahan in central Iran. The designs are similar to Qashqai or other tribal rugs. They usually have a main diamond medallion, embedded within another medallion, embedded within another one and so on for few times. The main color is usually a rich burgundy accented with many blues, green and ivories. The quality is perhaps one of the highest among the tribal family of rugs. It is very densely knotted and will last a long time. An authentic Meymeh Persian rug is an intelligent way to greatly enhance the decor of any room.
Meymeh is a town in the Isfahan Province of central Iran, located on the road between Kashan and Isfahan near the city of Joshaghan. Meymeh rugs and carpets are known in the market from the first quarter of the twentieth century.
Meymeh carpet designs are similar to those of early twentieth-century Josheghans, but Meymeh weavings are bolder and sharper in design detail because of the finer weave quality. The patterns are semigeometric and have a medallion or allover style. In the background, the design features an arrangement of individual shrubs in diagonal rows, flower bouquets, willow trees, and plants. The center medallion is diamond-shaped and features shrub and willow tree motifs. The main border generally has alternating palmette and flower sprays with vine designs guarded by a cypress tree or leaf motif. The minor borders have repeated flowers with leaves and vines.
The carpets have a cotton foundation and a wool pile. The Persian (asymmetric) knot is always employed. Meymeh formats run from small mats to room-size rugs. The carpets are generally woven from very good to fine in grade quality.
Most Meymeh carpets have brick-red fields, but a small percentage is woven in ivory, dark blue, and other colors. These hues are interchangeable with the borders. In addition, blues, reds, greens, browns, gold, and cinnamon are woven in the design elements and outlines.
By the late twentieth century, some Meymeh weavers switched from traditional designs to make carpets similar to the weavings of other neighboring areas in accordance with domestic and foreign export demand. These carpets may be sold by origin of design and color commissioned rather than the weaving location.
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- ↑ Moheban, 2015, 386
- Abraham Levi Moheban. 2015. The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets: Twenty-Five Centuries of Weaving. NewYork: Princeton Architectural Press.