About Persian Senneh Antique Oriental Rugs - An Introduction by Nejad Rugs ...

Antique Senneh Oriental Rugs


Senneh rugs - also spelled Senna - are hand-woven carpets made by the Kurdish peoples (Kurds) who reside in or around the town of Senneh (now Sanandaj) in the province of Khordestan (Kurdestan) in northwestern Iran. These pile rugs and kilims, probably the most-sophisticated of the Kurdish rugs, are prized for their delicate patterns and coloring as well as for their fine weave - among the most finely woven of Persian rugs (with knot counts up to 400 per square inch).

This charming antique Persian Kilim Senneh carpet carpet is currently being offered by Nejad Rugs.

Antique Senneh Rugs and Kilims

The Senneh kilims were slit tapestries (when two wefts meet repeatedly without dovetailing or interlocking) of the highest quality featuring bold, geometric designs with small-scale borders that - untypically - continued around the edges, and that otherwise would be considered a rarity for such weavings.

A Senneh carpet, with diamond medallion and strong geometric composition, sold at auction by Christie's.

The Rug-Producing Region of Sanandaj

Sanandaj (Senneh), primarily populated by Kurdish people, is the capital of the Kurdistan Province of Iran and is also considered the capital of Kurdish culture. With a population of nearly 400,000, Sanandaj is the 23rd largest city in Iran. The economy is based upon the production of carpets - including the weaving of cotton, animal hide processing, grain and sugar milling as well as wood and metal fabrication.

Set against a backdrop of rolling hills and subsequent maountain range - a panoramic hilltop view of Sanandaj, Iran.

A more intimate view of the Sanandaj storefronts and shops - with their retractable awnings in various states of display.

Consumer Notes

A typical Senneh carpet may be seen with a patterned field consisting of traditional figures such as herati, boteh or vekili, and may feature a single geometric medallion, or several, one inside the other, rendered in a repeating pattern - each repetition with a different ground colour. Another type of Senneh (seen here, below) - ostensibly produced for export to the European market - featured naturalistic - even realistic - bundles of flowers rendered in richly-colored palettes.

Currently Nejad is offering the following antique Senneh carpets for sale: #24087 Kilim Senneh c. 1930

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