Lylyan/Lilihan Rugs and Carpets Persian Rugs Guide
Antique Lilihan Persian Rug 43367 with salmon background and dark border courtesy of the Nazmiyal CollectionmNew York City's leading Dealer of Antique Oriental Rugs
Lilihan is in what used to be called the Kemereh district. In the US Lilihan is the common term for the rugs of the region. It is 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.
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. Lilihans tend to have longer pile which was attractive to the American Market. Some of the old ones from before WWII were painted as were Sarouks I do not see them around very often anymore.
Antique Lilihan Persian Rug 43841 palm motif with vine border
Antique Lilihan Persian Rug 43367 with salmon background and dark border
Antique Lilihan Persian Rug 43998 striking blue background with floral motif
Thick attractive rugs made by Armenians in Iran. These rugs are related to Sarouk rugs but are made with sturdy single wefted construction.
How Armenians got to Lilihan
A. Break up the most troublesome aymaqs. The Afshar who were a particularly troublesome aymaq were spilt up into many areas including many who were sent to Kerman.
B. Replace the problematic Turkomen with troops drawn primarily from groups loyal to the Monarchy rather than a tribe, Troops were drawn from the Caucasus, and the Kurds who were loyal and open to using muskets.
C, Pay for the effort by moving the Armenians into the interior of the country and helping them in business. The classical carpets of Isphahan were Armenian and the leading traders were Armenian. One innovation was grants to Armenian Merchants that in effect made them partners with the crown.
The return to Armenia
In the mid to late 1940s the Soviet Government encouraged the return of Armenians to Soviet Armenia. At that point many of the Armenian families sold off their property and returned to theitr traditional homeland.
Also Khumayn, Homein
Khumayn, is about 80 km south by southeast from Arak going towards Vist and 160 kilometres to the southwest of Qum