The Lori Tribal Rugs
The Loris are one of the ancient Persian peoples of Iran. The major two groups are the Northern Lori which includes the Khorramabadi, Borujerdi, Nahavandi, Andimeshki, Bala-Gariva’i, Mahali (Rural), Cagani and the Southern Lori which includes the Boyerahmadi, Yasuji (Yasichi), Kohgiluyeh, Mamasani, and the Shuli.
Many of the tribal weavers of iran are Turkic but the Lori are ethnically Persian and represent some of the purest Persian weaving.
Loris migrate in the province of Lorrestan, in western Iran. These people are descendants of the Kurds, and their weaving styles and designs are similar to theirs. The rugs are more than often characterized by the bright and lively colours that they incorporate. The Lori carpets often have traditional floral patterns, but geometric ones are also seen. These rugs were not originally made to sell commercially. Rather, women who wove them were following an ancient custom that provides tribal families with hand-woven articles of practical value such as floor coverings, blankets, storage bags, saddle blankets, and financial security in case of future harsh times.