Oriental Rug Senna
Northwest Persia Rugs Family


There are hardly to be found in the whole of Persia three weaves which differ more widely from each other than the three weaves of Persian Kurdistān: the Senneh weave, the Bijār weave and the weave of the Kurdish tribal rugs. The first is carried on exclusively in the town of Senneh; the second in the town of Bijār

The 'Juive' wife of a Kurdish chieftain by Antoin Sevruguin (C. 1890-95)

Past and Future


Senneh became the capital of Persian Kurdistan some 200 years ago. Before that time it was little more than a village and the seat of government was in a castle situated five miles farther west. The ruins of the fortress can still be seen crowning an eminence which overlooks the village of Hassanabad. The astute Persian monarchs no doubt preferred to have their deputies reside in a locality which was easier to master than a castle planted on the top of a hill. The population of Senneh is estimated at 20,000. Except for the garrison, the government officials and about a thousand Jews, the inhabitants are Gurāni Kurds. They are kinsmen of the great Gurāni tribe whose territories lie farther south in the direction of Kermanshah.

Patterns, motifs, symbols


The rugs of Senneh have a peculiar fascination. The best examples possess a refinement of texture, an originality and a naïveté in colour and design which are delightful and un surpassed by any other Persian weave. They are also unique in style and unmistakable: none of the rugs of Persia remotely resemble them. For the weavers of this remote little Kurdish town are among the few in Persia who have preserved a style and a dignity of their own. For 200 years they have continued to weave in their own way, undisturbed by the whims and fashions of the West

Senna Paterns

Our Weaving Process

Weaving and Production

Senneh carpet differs greatly from that originating in any other part of Kurdistan, and, in deed, even the surrounding villages produce the typical crude Kurdish tribal weaves. The carpets of Senneh are among the most finely woven of all Persian rugs, with knot counts running as high as four hundred (which is probably as fine as we will ever find with the Turkish knot) and seldom below one hundred and twenty. The pile is closely clipped. The foundations are wool, The weft crosses only once, in contrast to the usual Kurdish practice. The result is a thin fabric with a characteristic rough feel on the back, which is distinctive enough to allow identification of the rug blindfolded.

Photo: Senna Rug Weaving, 2021 Celikhan

Selected Products

Senna Rug Collection

Add to cart ART0032785 X 191cm2' X 6'

Add to cart ART0027582 X 137cm2' X 4'

Add to cart ART0027680 X 156cm2' X 5'

Add to cart ART00290115 X 123cm3' X 4'

Add to cart ART00297180 X 275cm5' X 9'

Add to cart ART00309240 X 421cm7' X 13'

Add to cart ART00311200 X 333cm6' X 10'

Add to cart ART00321149 X 197cm4' X 6'

Add to cart ART00322150 X 204cm4' X 6'

Add to cart ART0020456 X 92cm1' X 3'

Add to cart ART0032880 X 170cm2' X 5'

Add to cart ART00343196 X 253cm6' X 8'

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