Samarkand Runner Fragment N11626 2'6" × 9'6" $1,800
Samarkand is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia whose Sogdian name translates as “Stone Fort” or “Rock Town”. The name gives the idea of the town’s harsh surroundings composed of arid steppes, vast deserts and rugged mountain ranges. However, this unwelcoming place became home to some of the most incredible samarkand carpets rugs which encompass influences from practically all neighboring countries.
This enchanting area rug runner, although presently made, stays true the qualitative and diverse Samarkand weaving tradition. Its long, washed-out field is covered in an allover yet rather spare design of hooks that may have been inspired by the Anatolian “Çengel” – a kilim motif symbolizing protection and meant to destroy the Evil Eye.
The rest of the main field bears light and delicate curvilinear motifs that constitute the background for the protective hooks. Everything is executed in a warm and balanced color palette of brown, beige and mauve which is going to easily fit into a wide gamut of interior décors. The modern carpet runner was masterfully hand-knotted of the finest wool according to centuries-old weaving techniques due to which it will surely survive many years in perfect condition, pleasing the eyes and feet of its lucky owners. As any carpet runner, this Samarkand beauty will be perfect for hallways, corridors, staircases and ample rooms, where it can introduce its oriental grace.
Samarkand Runner Fragment N11626