Babak's Oriental Carpets
1 in stock
Size: 3'4" x 2'4"
Sennehs are hand knotted, on a vertical loom, and utilize cotton in the warp. The warp threads are very fine and are tightly spun. In spite of the common use of the term Senneh knot to indicate the Persian knot, it is, in fact, the Turkish knot that is used in Senneh carpets. The number of knots per square inch is medium to high, sometimes reaching up to 500. Kelims are also made in the same designs
Although Sennehs are hand knotted by Kurdish craftsmen, they differ substantially from other Kurdistan carpets. Kurdish carpets have a wool weft with deep, irregularly cut pile and primitive designs. It would seem that the very fine work at Senneh came into being when Nadir Shah named Senneh the capital of Kurdistan and sent his Persian dignitaries there. These Persian dignitaries didn’t think much of the local carpets and therefore ordered the craftsmen of Senneh to make carpets that were much finer and used cotton warps. Over the centuries, this fine carpet making tradition was maintained and encouraged.
The designs frequently employ the herati motif, which often covers the whole field of the carpet and the boteh. If the design incorporates a center medallion, this is distinguished by a different background color (dark blue field, light medallion). The border is also decorated with the herati. The boteh is used with more imagination than usual. In some carpets it is arranged in the customary vertical lines, though in this case the boteh is usually rather large (8 in.). In other carpets the botehs are arranged in a circle and each one forms the petal of a rose. These roses are repeated to cover the field of the carpet. Another common motif is the gul-i-Mirza Ali (flower of Mirza Ali). This type of Senneh has a herati border and on the inside a floral motif. Senneh borders are the traditional three-band type with the central one usually decorated with border herati in an extremely angular form. Border boteh is also quite common, while some specimens have a floral-type decoration enclosed in small cartouches. Sennehs are usually dark, utilizing deep blue and wine, but sometimes the brilliant colours of ivory and yellow are used. In any combination, the colours are always pleasing and harmonious.
Unfortunately, very few Sennehs are now made and only a limited number of small rugs, and even fewer room-sized carpets, come onto the market. Indian weavers produce copies of traditional Senneh schemes, particularly those based on the herati and medallion-and-corner formats, but these are often rather crude in both colour and design.
Price Range and Value:
MEDIUM TO HIGH
The growing scarcity of Sennehs, couples with the quality of their weave and artistry, makes them very sound investments. This is particularly true of the finer examples.