D0263: Vintage Zanjan NW Persian
Dim: 68″ × 86″
Condition: Very Good – overall good pile with some lower pile in the center medallion
Materials: Wool Pile on Cotton Foundation
Remarks: Beautiful area size NW Persian, Zanjan Hamadan region, Azeri tribe
Zanjan is a very old city. Archeological evidence shows active salt mining in the area. Salt was an important trade commodity and was traded on the so-called “Silk Route” of which Zanjan was an important stop.
Today Zanjan Province is populated mostly by Azeri Persians. These are the descendents of the primarily Shia Azeris who withdrew from the Caucasus from 1806 to 1828 after the Russian conquest of the Caucasus. Prior to this, during the Persian era, the Qajar tribes were both the rulers and the dominant tribe of the Caucasus. When they had to withdraw, whole villages were transplanted into the Tabriz area, Zanjan, Qazvin, and Hamadan.