Senneh, Sanandaj, Sannandage – Gerus, Garus, Geruz
(Carpets from here are generally durable and made from high quality wool.)
Senneh carpets are knotted in and around the town of Senneh (Sanandaj). This is the carpet area in Kurdistan where the finest carpets are knotted, which means that they are made from yarn that has been finely spun, thus allowing denser knotting. The patterns are often Herati, framed in a large rhombus-shaped zigzag medallion, or three hexagons on a unicoloured red or blue ground colour with Herati patterns as fill. The Senneh knot gets its name from the town of Senneh. However today, both Senneh and Ghiordes knots are used. The warp and weft threads are cotton, and the knot density is between 23,000-46,000 knots per ft2. There is a big difference between the old and new carpets in the area. Particularly throughout the 1990s, large quantities of Senneh carpets were produced that were made of entirely different, lower quality raw materials and using a different knotting technique. There was great demand for Senneh carpets of all sizes on the market. Today, they can still be found on the market, but not in large quantities as before. Notice the clear difference in the structure of the back side. This is one of the clear differences between newer and older carpets from the area.
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
You can find our selection of Senneh carpets underneath.