Hand Knotted Luri Rug From Iran (Persian)
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Luri (also known as Lurs, Lori or Lors) are one of the most important nomadic tribes of South Western Persia. In much of their territory they live adjacent to the Qashqai tribes. Unlike the Qashqais who speak Turkish, the Luri are of Iranian origin and their language is similar to Persian. Various pressures in the twentieth century have forced many Luri to abandon the nomadic life and settle down in villages.
There are two main types of Luri rugs on the market. The first are the nomadic carpets produced in the South; these are called Luri Behbehan. They are similar to Qashqai rugs and made entirely of wool, but they use a different range of motifs and are fond of bright contrasting colours. A strong red is particularly predominant. The other type of Luri rug is marketed in the town of Khorramabad. These are squarer and more restrained in colour. The designs are very varied; all-over patterning is common. The fringes are often beautifully braided.