Mazandaran Jajim
6' 5" x 9' 5"
Circa 1900
North Persia
Ref no. 1634
Wool
Mazandaran  Jajim #1
Mazandaran Jajim
The Mazandaran kilims produced for local use in the Caspian region of Northwest Iran represent one of the most authentic traditions of Persian rug weaving, although their minimalist approach to design often appears strikingly modern in its graphic simplicity.

On this lovely example the horizontal stripes or bands in alternating light and dark tones were woven in separate vertical strips that then sewn together and jogged to attain a staggered effect in the bands. The modulations in the tonality of each band, with extensive variegation of color or ‘abrash,’ gives each piece a uniqueness all its own, with a distinctive visual texture. Here the weaver has combined whole areas of light tonality with dark ones, producing an extraordinary cruciform effect. In addition, lighter tan or gray fibers produce a fine underlying plaid effect that can only be appreciated up close in person.

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