Lylyan Rugs

Guide to Lylyan Rugs & Carpets

Lylyan was formerly the collection point for Armenian single wefted rugs made in the vicinity of Khomeine. The old name for this area was the Kemereh district. In the trade these rugs are called Lylyan and were primarily sold in the US. They were less well known in Europe. Other major producers in the region include Khomeine and Reihan. The rugs are in the Hamadan weave and use the Symetrical knot.

In 1942 the Soviet Union opened free immigration to present day Armenia. Within a very short period of time the Armenian villages emptied out as people began to return to Armenia.

The Lilihan area produces a wide range of sizes from Mats to large room size carpets. In my parents home they had a magnificent Lilihan that was about 24 feet long. The rugs tend to be similar to Sarouk carpets. in color style and thickness. Lylyan tend to have longer pile which was attractive to the American Market. Some of the old ones from before W.W.II were painted as were Sarouk rugs I do not see them around very often anymore.

Also spelled: Lylyan, Lilihan, Lilian,

Examples:





Lylyan Rugs: Lilihan Rug 20th century









north west Persia about 1930




Lilihan Carpet northwest Persia





Lilihan Carpet, Iran, 20th century.
Size: 6 foot 10 inch by 11 foot 3 inch.

Structure: Symmetrical knot. 9 knots per horizontal inch and 8 knots per vertical inch. 72 per square inch (1116 per square decimeter)

Yarn Spin: Z.

Warp: White cotton.

Weft: Single shot blue cotton. Hamadan weave

Pile: 2 wool singles.

Ends: Half-hitch binding with 2 inch warp fringe.

Selvages: Single cord overcastting red wool.

Handle: Heavy, soft wool, durable.

Further Notes: Excellent condition.



Lilihan 25 foot Runner 20th century

The field with single column of dusky-pink serrated lozenges, each containing polychrome radiating floral centrepiece, flanked by similar beige half panels at each side, in beige border of palmette and leafy vine between floral and zig-zag stripes, outer plain stripe, very good condition.



Lylyan Carpet 

Lylyan Carpet

Size (ft.): 7'4 x 10'2 (cm.): 223 x 310

Colors: Blue-Navy, Red-Burgundy

Woven: Hand knotted

Foundation: Cotton

Pile: Wool

Style: Lylyan

Category: Tribal

Origin: Lylyan Persian Rug

Age: 0-10 years

Condition: Excellent

Dye: 80% Vegetable Dye



Lylyan Persian Carpet 

Lylyan Persian Carpet

Size (ft.): 7'4 x 10'7 (cm.): 224 x 322

Colors: Blue-Navy, Red-Burgundy

Woven: Hand knotted

Foundation: Cotton

Pile: Wool

Style: Lylyan

Category: Tribal

Origin: Lylyan Persian Rug

Age: 0-10 years

Condition: Excellent

Dye: 80% Vegetable Dye



Lylyan Rug 

Lylyan Rug

Size (ft.): 3'3 x 4'11 (cm.): 100 x 151

Colors: Beige, Red

Woven: Hand knotted

Foundation: Cotton

Pile: Wool

Style: Lylyan

Category: Tribal

Origin: Lylyan Persian Rug

Age: 0-10 years

Condition: Excellent

Dye: 80% Vegetable Dye



Small Lylyan Carpet 

Small Lylyan Carpet

Size (ft.): 7'1 x 9'9 (cm.): 215 x 296

Colors: Blue-Navy, Red-Burgundy

Woven: Hand knotted

Foundation: Cotton

Pile: Wool

Style: Lylyan

Category: Tribal

Origin: Lylyan Persian Rug

Age: 0-10 years

Condition: Excellent

Dye: 80% Vegetable Dye



Lilihan Persian Carpet

Lilihan Persian Carpet

Iran, 20th century.

Size: 6 foot 11 inch by 11 foot.

Structure: Asymmetrical knot open to the left. 6 knots per horizontal inch and 7 knots per vertical inch. 42 per square inch (651 per square decimeter).

Yarn Spin: Z.

Warp: 1 ply white wool.

Weft: 1 shot red cotton.

Pile: 2 wool singles.

Ends: Heavy crossed wefts with 1 inch warp fringe (top), plain weave finish (bottom).

Selvages: 1 cord overcastting red wool.

Handle: Heavy, durable, soft, dense.

Further Notes: Excellent condition.





Lilian Persian rug C. 1930

Lilian Persian rug C. 1930

Northwest Persia about 1930. 5ft.2in.x 3ft.8in. 1.58m. x 1.12m.
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