Luri, Lori, Luristan, Loristan
The Luri province
Naturally, the Luri nomads are the most common nomadic tribe in the area of Luristan, in south-west and southern Iran. The most well-known tribes of Luri nomads are Luri, Feyli, Laki, Bakhtiari, Kelhuri and Great-Lor. There are Luri nomads in many other places in Iran, from Illam in the north-west to the Fars province in the south, as well further south in the country. This is why you can sometimes encounter the Luri name in conjunction with other names of carpet-producing towns. For example, Luri-Fars, Luri-Abadeh, Luri-Bahtiari, Luri-Varamin, Luri-Kirman, and so on. For a professional, it can sometimes be very easy to see that the carpet was knotted by Luris, but the design might, for example, resemble an Abadeh carpet. This would make the carpet a Luri-Abadeh. Most Luri carpets have their own specific characteristics. Generally, they are rather coarsely knotted, with 80.000120.000 knots per m2. They are typically made from good quality wool, dyed naturally, and sometimes the entire surface can be lustrous like silk. They are knotted using both wool and cotton warp, sometimes on cattle hair, and often have two-coloured edge stitching. The colours are red and golden with a little beige and indigo. The patterns are stylised medallions, hexagons, animals and flowers. They are unique, charming and unconventional carpets with a special aura.
You are reading an extract from the book ‘Oriental Carpets, Knottet with Love’ by Martin Munkholm.
This extensive book about all that is carpets can be borrowed in Danish libraries or be bought following this link: http://www.belle-rugs.dk/dk/ekspertise/taeppebog/
The book is published by Muusmann Forlag.
For more info: muusmann-forlag.dk
See video about Luri rugs here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/1dGXUSc5tks
You can find our selection of Luri carpets underneath.