Samarkand can be translated as “Stone Fort” yet behind this harsh name hides the birthplace of some of the most graceful and imaginative rugs in the world. Due to being located at the famous Silk Route, the one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia was exposed to all kinds of weaving influences from east to west, and has developed its own remarkable, miscellaneous and free-spirited style. The vintage runner before your eyes is an excellent example of Samarkand exceptional craftsmanship. Its main field carries an allover pattern of pomegranate trees bearing ripe fruits. A pomegranate in oriental carpets is a powerful and joyful symbol of fertility. This thriving design is enclosed within the series of decorative borders, where the main one is adorned with abstract geometric figures and kilim motifs. Deep sapphire hue prevailing in the background indicates spirituality, wisdom and self-mastery – it stands among most commonly applied colors in Persian rugs. The design is executed in a subtle beige shade which also dominates in the borders. This balanced and tasteful composition was masterfully hand-knotted of the finest wool in accordance with old and refined weaving techniques by a skilled artisan. Only such thorough making could ensure the rug’s durability and uniqueness. This vintage Samarkand runner has a chance to bring its bohemian vibe and recherché charm into any kind of contemporary interior, just let it in.