8’10 x 11’4, low pile
This rug is quite the chameleon! Depending on which angle you view it, the rug looks vibrantly pink or moody and more mauve. The color differences you see in the photos and video are real life - the colors change based on how you view this piece! Watch videos to see. Also - the wear is much more visible from one end than the other.
Down the center is a row of octagons made out of vines! I love this uncommon design element among the all over pattern.
The design of this rug was commissioned by American merchants years and years ago. It was woven by local weavers using the same dying and knotting techniques used on all rugs from this area and era. These types of carpets are sometimes called “immigrants” and pink was a very common color used on these pieces.
To create this stunning pink, the artisans used the plant Rubia Tinctorum, commonly called rose madder or dyers madder, a herbaceous perennial plant. To create the pink dye, this rose madder was put in a yogurt drink for hours. Yes, yogurt!