Size: 3'5" x 1'8"
Yalameh is the name given to the colorful southern Iranian carpets woven primarily in and around the village of Aliabad in the southern Iranian province of Fars. Pieces from this origin were formerly called Shekarlu, but they were very rare. They were traditionally more colorful than other southern Iranian pieces, the palettes of which were restricted to reds and dark blues. Yalamehs are hand knotted on a vertical loom; wool warp and good quality wool in the pile, which is usually cropped to a medium height. The most common sizes for Yalamehs are 3’ x 2’ mats and 5’ x 3’ throw rugs. Larger sizes are available, but not in any significant quantity.
Produced by the nomadic tribesmen who occupy the Fars province of southern Persia. In recent years, the supply of Shekarlu rugs had become restricted. Then, in the 1960's and 70's, a new type of rug appeared on the market. These were Yalamehs. They were as colorful as the Shekarlu rugs, but with a stronger emphasis on blues. The weave and designs are generally more regular than those of Sherkalu rugs. They share many of the characteristics of tribal pieces; made of 100% wool with a fondness for bright colors and geometrical designs. However the wool, though characteristically soft and lustrous, is machine spun and the colors show more variety than is usual for tribal rugs, with soft shades - of red, pink, blue green and yellow. All the motifs however are entirely traditional
and all sizes are produced. Other weaving centers which come within the general category of Yalameh are Shekarlu.
Price Range and Value:
LOW/MEDIUM TO MEDIUM
Top quality nomadic items, quite finely woven in good quality wool, they are equivalent in price to the very best Ghashgais. Larger Yalamehs are difficult to find therefore their investment potential is higher than those of a smaller size.
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