c1950s Antique Fish-Herati Persian Hosseinabad Rug 5.9x11.6
Hussainabad is situated in west-central Iran, near Hamadan. Hussainabad rugs are frequently very long runners, and usually have an all-over pattern of small repeated fish throughout the field, with or without a small diamond-shaped central medallion. The coloring is predominantly shades of red, navy blue, and ivory.
Historic Hamedan is an ancient Persian city (the second oldest city of Iran), which lies at about 6500 feet above sea level in the rugged mountains of north-western Iran. The city itself, along with the many villages and districts surrounding it, produces a good portion of the tribal rugs of Iran. Some areas around Hamedan include Enjelas, Chenar, Derjazin, Hussainabad, Nahavand, and the Kurdish districts of Khamseh, and many others between Hamedan and Arak. All rugs produced in the areas around Hamedan are marketed inside the city. Located just east of Kurdistan, obvious traces of Kurdish and some Turkish influence can be seen on its peaceful people who have managed, despite centuries of outside interference, to keep their special talents alive. All rugs have a wool pile colored with natural vegetable dyes. Very rarely is silk seen in this region. The foundation of the rug is usually cotton, and in some cases wool or goat hair. The patterns are usually simple geometric arrangements with vibrant primary colors. Sometimes small animals or garden elements are seen, and often the famous Herati design.