The Qashqai And Other Tribal Carpets Of Western Persia

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Perhaps the most famous tribal rug of the turn-of-the-last century. It is the rug used by Sigmund Freud to cover his famous “couch” in Vienna.

SHIRAZ, April 17, 2010 — When Persian tribal carpets began to reach Europe at the start of the 19th century Europe, they often got a mixed reception.

One problem was where to put them.

They were typically of small size at a time when putting a large carpet across a big living room floor was the preferred choice.

And their tribal designs were not considered particularly refined, at a time when “civilized” elegance was the style.

So, Persian tribal rugs — like Turkmen tribal rugs, and many others with bold geometric designs – often found themselves relegated to the “man’s” room in the house.

The unspoken rule was: tribal rugs in the study; floral workshop rugs in the boudoir and parlor.

But if there were misunderstandings about where to put the rugs, perhaps the greatest misunderstanding of all was about what to call them.

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