Decorative Antique Yazd ziloo from Central Iran, with a very pretty two tone yellow and aqua green colour. It is very rare to find them in these proportions as they are usually long and narrow.
Ziloos are woven double sided so the colour on one side is the reverse of the colour on the flip side. Both sides can be used. They were mainly woven to be used in mosques and are extremely durable. The majority of the Ziloos that are found these days have come out of mosques, where there is a high traffic. Therefore, it is testimony to their durability that they are still being found in such good conditions. They were sometimes used to put under carpets in houses to protect rugs. They were never valued highly by Iranians until recently, when the decorative nature and durability of these pieces were recognised.
This piece has cotton foundation and woven with very strong, durable multi-ply wool.