Guide to Sanandaj Rugs & Carpets

History  / Background
Sannandaj is both a city that is a market center for Iranian Kurdistan.  Sanandaj is a major busling city of close to 400,000 people. It is the largest predominantly Kurdish city in Iran and is the capital of the province of Kurdestan. The people of Sanandaj are predominiently Sineyi or Sine'i kurds of the Sorani or Centeral Kurdish group.

Can be referred to as Sennah, Senneh, Sana, Sanandaj or Sanandag.

Senneh is one of a small handful of Persian cities with an appreciable carpet production before the modern commercial carpet period began. For a discussion of Senneh carpet production before 1870 see Leonard M. Helfgott's Ties That Bind pages 135, 209, and 221. What we see from a variety of sources is that weaving in Senneh dates back into at least the classical period and perhaps much longer.

The Kurds of Sannandaj
The majority of the Kurds of Kordestan speak dialects of Central Kurdish and are Sunni Moslems. In the east of Kordestan are some Southern Kurds which include the Bijari Kurds who are Shia. We deal with the Bijari Kurds in Guide to Bijar Rugs



Kurdish men in their traditional garb Kurdestan province


Read about Senneh Carpets

Examples:

Grain Bag Format Sanandaj Rug



Sanandaj Rug, 1 ft. 9 in. x 3 ft. 8 in.

Product Type: Original, One-of-a-kind

Size (ft.): 1'9 x 3'8

Colors: Rose-brown, Saddle Brown

Woven: Flat Woven

Foundation: Handspun Wool

Pile: No Pile

Style: Sanandaj

Category: Kelim

Origin: Sanandaj Persian Rug

Age: Classic (30-40 years) 

Condition: Excellent

Dye: 100% Vegetable Dye


Sanandaj Rugs: Large Senneh Carpet



A Senneh carpet, Central Persia, circa 1900. Approximately 20 ft. x 32 ft.


Saddle Bag Format Sanandaj Rug



Sanandaj Rug, 2 ft. x 4 ft. 5 in. Original, one-of-a-kind.

Colors: Saddle Brown, Red

Woven: Hand knotted

Foundation: Wool

Pile: Wool

Style: Sanandaj

Category: Tribal

Origin: Sanandaj Persian Rug

Age: 20-30 years

Condition: Excellent


Sennah Diamond Sanandaj Kilim



Sanandaj Rug, 4 ft. 8 in. x 5 ft. 8 in. Original, one-of-a-kind.

Colors: Red-Rust, Saddle Brown

Woven: Flat Woven

Foundation: Handspun Wool

Pile: No Pile

Style: Sanandaj

Category: Kelim

Origin: Sanandaj Persian Rug

Age: Aged [20-30 years

Condition: Excellent

Dye: 100% Vegetable Dye


Sennah Dragon Sanandaj Kilim



Sanandaj Rug, 3 ft. 2 in. x 4 ft. 7 in.

Product Type: Original, One-of-a-kind

Colors: Light Brown, Tan

Woven: Flat Woven

Foundation: Cotton/Handspun Wool

Pile: No Pile

Style: Sanandaj

Category: Kelim

Origin: Sanandaj Persian Rug

Age: Classic (30-40 years) 

Condition: Excellent

Dye: 100% Vegetable Dye


Stepped Diamond Medallion Sanandaj Kilim



Sanandaj Rug, 3 ft. 2 in. x 3 ft. 7 in. Original, one-of-a-kind.

Colors: Grey, Goldenrod

Woven: Flat Woven

Foundation: Handspun Wool

Pile: No Pile

Style: Sanandaj

Category: Kelim

Origin: Sanandaj Persian Rug

Age: Aged 20-30 years

Condition: Excellent

Dye: 100% Vegetable Dye


Striped Dazzler Kilim



Sanandaj Rug, 2 ft. 11 in. x 5 ft. 1 in. Original, one-of-a-kind.

Colors: Light Rust, Brown

Woven: Flat Woven

Foundation: Handspun Wool

Pile: No Pile

Style: Sanandaj

Category: Kelim

Origin: Sanandaj Persian Rug

Age: Classic (30-40 years) 

Condition: Excellent

Dye: 100% Vegetable Dye



Unusual Sanandaj Kilim Half



Sanandaj Rug, 2 ft. 11 in. x 6 ft. 8 in. Original, one-of-a-kind.

Colors: Light Tan, Saddle Brown

Woven: Flat Woven

Foundation: Handspun Wool

Pile: No Pile

Style: Sanandaj

Category: Kelim

Origin: Sanandaj Persian Rug

Age: Vintage (40-50 years) 

Condition: Excellent

Dye: 100% Vegetable Dye



Sen'ai Tribal Sanandaj Rug



Sanandaj Rug, 4 ft. 8 in. x 1 ft. 8 in. Original, one-of-a-kind.

Colors: Black, Red-Rust

Woven: Hand knotted

Foundation: Cotton

Pile: Wool

Style: Sanandaj

Category: Tribal

Origin: Sanandaj Persian Rug

Age: Vintage (40-50 years) 

Condition: Excellent



Gerus Bijar Runner



Size: 1 ft. 8 in. x 7 ft. 8 in.

Structure: Asymmetrical knot open to the left. 11 knots per horizontal inch and 13 per vertical inch. 143 per square inch (2216.5 per square decimeter.)

Color: Salmon, crème, red, onyx, grass green, sea foam green, copper, sky blue, burgundy, royal blue.

Yarn Spin: Z.

Warp: 3 ply white cotton.

Weft: 2 shot blue cotton.

Pile: 2 wool singles.

Ends: Post-hitch knot bindings with 1 inch warp fringe.

Selvages: Single cord plain peach wool.

Handle: Medium-heavy, soft wool, dense, durable

Further Notes: Excellent condition.





Sennah or Gerus Bijar Rug



This pattern is very similar to the thin single wefted rugs from Sennah, but this is a thick double wefted Bijar weave rug.

Size: 3 foot 4 inch by 5 foot.

Structure: Symmetrical knot. 12 knots per horizontal inch and 10 knots per vertical inch.120 per square inch (1860 per square decimeter)

Yarn Spin: Z.

Warp: 1 ply white cotton.

Weft: 2 shot blue cotton.

Pile: 2 wool singles.

Ends: Post-hitch wharf binding with 1 inch warp fringe.

Selvages: 1 cord overcastting red wool.

Handle: Soft wool, durable, dense, heavy.

Further Notes: Very good condition.

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