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NORTHWEST PERSIA RUGS FAMILY Senna

There are hard 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 (Senna) weave, the Bijār (Bidjar) 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.

Image The 'Juive' wife of a Kurdish chieftain by Antoin Sevruguin (C. 1890-95)
PAST AND FUTURE History

Senneh (Senna) became the capital of Persian Kurdistan sometime 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 that overlooks the village of Hassanabad. The astute Persian monarchs no doubt preferred to have their deputies reside in a locality that 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 Pattern

Senneh carpet differs greatly from that originating in any other part of Kurdistan, and, indeed, even the surrounding villages produce the typical crude Kurdish tribal weaves. The rugs of Senneh have a peculiar fascination. The best examples possess a refinement of texture, originality, and a naïveté in color and design which are delightful and unsurpassed by any other Persian weave. They are also unique in style and unmistakable: none of the rugs of Persia remotely resemble them. The weavers of this remote little Kurdish town are among the few in Persia who have preserved a style and dignity of their own. For 200 years they have continued to weave in their way, undisturbed by the whims and fashions of the West.

Image Senna Patterns
OUR WEAVING PROCESS Weaving and Production

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.

Image Photo: Senna Rug Weaving, 2021 Celikhan
SELECTED PRODUCTS Senna Rug Collection
Dimensions: 6'4" X 8'1"(195cm x 248cm) Model: ART00265
The source of the rug comes from the book Antique Rugs of Kurdistan A Historical Legacy of Woven Art, James D. Burns, 2002 nr.42. This is a beautiful ..
Price:
$8,300
Ex Tax:$8,300
Dimensions: 7'10" X 13'9"(240cm x 421cm) Model: ART00309
The source of the rug comes from the book Antique Rugs of Kurdistan A Historical Legacy of Woven Art, James D. Burns, 2002 nr.6. This is one of the mo..
Price:
$27,000
Ex Tax:$27,000
Dimensions: 1'10" X 3'0"(56cm x 92cm) Model: ART00204
The source of the rug comes from the book Antique Rugs of Kurdistan A Historical Legacy of Woven Art, James D. Burns, 2002 nr.6. This is one of the mo..
Price:
$825
Ex Tax:$825
Dimensions: 3'9" X 4'0"(115cm x 123cm) Model: ART00290
The source of the rug comes from the book Antique Rugs of Kurdistan A Historical Legacy of Woven Art, James D. Burns, 2002 nr.29. This white backgroun..
Price:
$2,600
Ex Tax:$2,600
Dimensions: 2'8" X 4'5"(82cm x 137cm) Model: ART00275
The source of the rug comes from the book Antique Rugs of Kurdistan A Historical Legacy of Woven Art, James D. Burns, 2002 nr.28. This was an exclusiv..
Price:
$1,950
Ex Tax:$1,950
Dimensions: 1'8" X 3'2"(53cm x 98cm) Model: ART00210
The source of the rug comes from the book Antique Rugs of Kurdistan A Historical Legacy of Woven Art, James D. Burns, 2002 nr.28. This was an exclusiv..
Price:
$825
Ex Tax:$825
Dimensions: 2'7" X 5'6"(80cm x 170cm) Model: ART00328
The source of the rug comes from the book Antique Rugs of Kurdistan A Historical Legacy of Woven Art, James D. Burns, 2002 nr.28. This was an exclusiv..
Price:
$2,500
Ex Tax:$2,500
Dimensions: 1'8" X 3'1"(51cm x 95cm) Model: ART00241
The source of the rug comes from the book Antique Rugs of Kurdistan A Historical Legacy of Woven Art, James D. Burns, 2002 nr.28. This was an exclusiv..
Price:
$825
Ex Tax:$825
Dimensions: 6'6" X 10'0"(200cm x 307cm) Model: ART00244
The source of the rug comes from the book Antique Rugs of Kurdistan A Historical Legacy of Woven Art, James D. Burns, 2002 nr.28. This was an exclusiv..
Price:
$14,300
Ex Tax:$14,300
Dimensions: 6'3" X 9'4"(192cm x 286cm) Model: ART00217
The source of the rug comes from the book Antique Rugs of Kurdistan A Historical Legacy of Woven Art, James D. Burns, 2002 nr.28. This was an exclusiv..
Price:
$15,800
Ex Tax:$15,800
Dimensions: 4'10" X 7'1"(149cm x 217cm) Model: ART00484
The source of the rug comes from the book Antique Rugs of Kurdistan A Historical Legacy of Woven Art, James D. Burns, 2002 nr.28. This was an exclusiv..
Price:
$6,100
Ex Tax:$6,100
Dimensions: 1'8" X 3'0"(53cm x 93cm) Model: ART00237
The source of the rug comes from the book Antique Rugs of Kurdistan A Historical Legacy of Woven Art, James D. Burns, 2002 nr.36 This was an exclusive..
Price:
$825
Ex Tax:$825