Ended Tabriz Rug, North West Persia, Wool on Cotton Foundation
Sold by Blue Moon Estate Sales
The red field with a central blue hexagonal medallion within a similar dove grey reserve linked to mirrored pendants blue and dove grey spandrels, all with polychrome herati, within a blue border enclosing continuous hooked palmettes linked by angular vines ending in leaves
The reverse knotting detail and style of design indicates this to be of the origin as stated in the Guarantee line. Since the 16th century the city of Tabriz has been an important historical centre for the production of outstanding and significant decorative handmade Persian carpets. Under the auspices of the Safavid Dynasty rulers, Tabriz was established as a primary centre for setting the standards of excellence in technical quality, styles of design, creativity, and presence and effective use of an extensive colour palette. Historically Tabriz, primarily due to Geographical location has always attracted a multi-cultural populace, which over time has resulted in a huge and varied repertoire of design styles of ‘medallion’ and overall repeat patterns. The weavers of Tabriz are well known for their skill and ability to adapt to evolving demands. From the ‘Golden Age’ of carpet art creativity of the 17th Century, Tabriz has maintained continuity in pursuit of excellence and due to increase of interest and demand for ‘all things Eastern’ in Western markets from the late 19th century, Tabriz has responded accordingly. The considerable increase in demand from the late 19th Century onwards is often referred to as the ‘Revival’, and by the time of the Pahlavi dynasty, established in 1925, the ‘Revival’ was well under way. Persian Tabriz carpets made at this time and moving forward to the present day display designs closely based on ‘Safavid’ carpet designs and also ingenious new styles of design based on wider influences and the desire to be adventurist. This Tabriz rug displays a distinctive Tabriz design, defined by the composition and presence of the overall repeat pattern referred to as the 'herati' design, in turn defined by a flower head framed by a lozenge, linked to a set of four leaves and then repeated to form an all over pattern. The colours are from an extensive Tabriz palette, the tones of which suggest that this rug was probably made around the date as indicated.
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