This Kurdish rug was handwoven in northwest Iran during the second quarter of the 20th century.
It features an allover design of penguin like botehs waddling row by row in alternating directions. The pattern is on a soft red ground with small moments of abrash with most botehs in navy. Near the bottom edge a shift occurs with one row of big yellow botehs followed by two rows of French blue botehs. In a few places near the edges, abstracted human forms have been added.
The whole is encapsulated by four borders. The scrolling vine work of the ivory and gold borders provide a nice frame of contrasting colors while the two blue borders add a playful element with their gumdrop like circles in a red which has faded to pink in many areas.
In very good condition, signs of wear consistent with age. Pile is chunky, with a soft handle. Edges have been reinforced for longevity.