Guide to Lori Rugs / Luri Rugs
Antique Luri Persian Rugs 42647 with cream background and colorful design Courtesy of the Nazmiyal Collecction new York City's leading Antique Oriental Rug DealerThe Luri are one of the ancient Persian peoples of Iran.
The major two groups are the Northern Luri which includes the Khorramabadi, Borujerdi, Nahavandi, Andimeshki, Bala-Gariva’i, Mahali (Rural), Cagani and the Southern Luri which includes the Boyerahmadi, Yasuji (Yasichi), Kohgiluyeh,Mamasani, and the Shuli.
Many of the tribal weavers of iran are Turkic but the Luri are ethnically Persian and represent some of the purest Persian weaving.
The Bakhtiari are also Luri but I deal with them seperately in
|Who are the Luri?
The main Luri ethno-linguistic groups are Luri, Feyli, Leki (Laki, Alaki), Bakhtiari, Kelhuri.
Population 4,280,000 in Iran (1993) including 680,000 Bakhtiari (1989). Population total all countries 4,280,000 or more.
Region Southwestern Iran, Lorestan and Ilam. Khorramabad is an important political and economic center. Borujerd is also a center. The Bakhtiari migrate mainly from Bakhtiari and Esfahan provinces (summer) to Khuzestan (winter). Mamasani and Kurdshuli in Fars Province; Bovir-Ahmadi in Boyer-Ahmadi Kohgiluyeh Province. Also spoken in Iraq, USA. Ethnologue report for language code: LRI
Noted carpet expert James Opie has speculated on the relationship between Luri rugs and Luristan Bronzes.
- Kerman Luri
- Veramin Area
- Lori Rugs / Luri Rugs: The Marvadim Luri Bag
- Lori Rugs / Luri Rugs: Antique Luri Bag Face w/ broken border.
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The Bahktiari are a Persian Tribal confederation made up primarily of Lurs. There is no dominant Luri wide tribal confederation so it is incorrect to call the Bahktiari a Luri sub-tribe. The Bahktiari have a special place in history because they lived around the oil fields of Iran and the tribal leaders sold out to the British early on. At times Bahktiari even hired on as mercenaries and fought under British orders.
Because of the infusion of British money the Tribal leaders lived in town and entertained foreign guests extravagantly giving the tribe a very high profile to the rest of the world.
The Luri/Bahktiari are linguistically Persian unlike the other Shiraz area tribes who were mainly Turkic or Arabic.