345 x 245 cm,
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|Design||Geometric with medallion|
|Manufacturing||Knotted by hand|
|Knots by M²||500 000|
Formerly Keleïs were produced in and around Heris, the capital of the Bakshaish territory. The most usual size was 6 feet 6 inches by 13 feet. Even then the Keleïs produced in the city itself were of better quality and more exact design, the reason being that in the city it was easier to obtain the better wood for the looms than in the country and that the weavers had greater technical facilities at their disposal. The older Heris and Bakshaish rugs can be distinguished from the Keleïs of other parts of Persia by their remarkably soft coloring, probably due to the local water. We find this unique softness in the Caucasus, in the so called Chilas, produced in East Caucasus; and there the phenomenon is attributed to the water.
Since the 1880s great quantities of rugs have been produced in the Bakshaish region and in the city of Heris itself; not only Namasés and Sedjadés, but also rugs of from 6 feet 7 inches by 9 feet 10 inches to about 16 feet 6 inches by 26 feet. They soon found their way into the Istanbul market, but they were mainly sold in London and Vienna. As one may guess from the sizes, they were intended primarily for export, seeing as they greatly satisfied the Western markets. Dealers call the varieties of poorer qualities Yoraghaans or Bashaishs, and the finer rugs Heris, while the very finest and most closely knotted pieces are called Pesh-i-Meshed, which simply means “meshed wool”.
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