Senneh

A region best known for their fineness and elegance in the late 1900’s surpassing many city carpets. The Herati design which is seen clearly on Tabriz’s and Bijars made in Senneh gave its prominence when they started to use multi color silk fringes and due to the fact the silk was fine so was the knotting. A sure way to know it authenticity is the colored fringes could be seen at the back of the carpet like stripes along the length.
Another of Senneh’s proud heritage was the blind man’s carpet – the wool was twisted before it was knotted and one day a blind man touched the carpet and immediately knew it was a Senneh and the shocked master decided to name this so as he could not understand how a blind man by the touch of the carpet’s back was able to tell the design.
Herati design has been used in Tribal and Village carpets and depending on where and who made them, from a laymen to a master the qualities could differ. The average knots of a Wool on Cotton base twisted wool carpets would be 180 per square inch. The wool collected from the sheep’s up in the mountains west and north west of Hamadan is plush due to the mountainous region and high altitude, cold winters and combining the vegetable dyes add their own natural oils and as they are aging over many years of use is a continuous natural protection over the chemically dyed ones.
The Herati design is stylized geometric diamond shapes from the smallest to the larger area of the centre piece the inner and outer medallion are pronounced. The borders are in general geometric although many have vines or roses bunched up which enhances the elegance throughout the carpet.
The colors in general are reds, indigo and sky blue with beige but after a period of use can soften into hues of navy, rose and looking softer and warmer over a natural aging process.

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