This Red/Geometric Shekarlu design is inspired by a rug from James Opie’s collection that is an especially archaic example of one of southern Iran’s most traditional tribal sources, the Shekarlu tribe. While many designs that are considered “tribal” actually can be traced to urban rug precursors, in this case the designs are entirely “tribal.” Nothing here came from a source outside of this tribe. Formerly part of the widespread native Luri tribes, the Shekarlu joined the Qashqa’i tribal confederacy sometime in the 18th or 19th century. This tribal name is not an active one among south Persian tribal clusters today. The original rug in the James Opie Collection dates to the period from 1850 to 1875.