Persian Tabriz Rug



10' 2" x 7'9"

Wool on Cotton Foundation.

The red field with a central blue and ivory circular floral medallion is  linked to mirrored trifoliate forms and radiating pairs of curled leaves and plants. Supported by flowering sprigs, pale blue spandrels and trifoliate forms. Vases and flowering vines, within a blue arcaded border are enclosing the continuous plants and flowering vines.

The reverse knotting detail indicates this to be of the origin of the city of Tabriz in Northwest Persia. It was the earliest Capital of the Safavid Dynasty, (1502 - 1736), and has a known weaving history dating back to at least the Timurid dynasty of the 15th century and as such is most likely to have been the centre of carpet production longer than any other significant centre in Persia. Regarded as the 'Golden Age ' of carpet making, the Safavid Shah's were avid patrons of the arts in all subjects, and actively encouraged pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and creativity. Tabriz led the way, and as a result of this long tradition, Persian Tabriz carpets, influenced by varying cultures over time display a huge repertoire of varying designs from 'medallion' to overall repeat patterns. The range of colors is seemingly endless, and the combination of colors used is always carefully considered to create the most harmonic and decorative end product. From these earlier times, these established traditions have continued through to the present day, and many exceptional Persian Tabriz carpets have been made closely based on the 'original' Safavid carpet designs. The weavers and Designers from Tabriz have always been inventive and adaptable to changing fashions and styles. The ‘revival’ of the hand-made Persian carpet industry towards the end of the 19th Century heralded the rebirth of woven Persian carpet art and since then Tabriz has been regarded as a major front runner in the creation of exceptionally beautiful, original or traditional styles of rug design.

The style of the pattern drawing is consistent with Tabriz weaving, and the colors used are from the extensive traditional Tabriz palette, the tones of which suggest that this carpet was probably made around the early 20th century.

Antique rug has been repaired to bottom left, pictured. Beautiful vibrant color. Professionally cleaned.

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Northwest Persia