Extraordinary old vintage Persian Kashmar (or possibly Mashad) pictorial carpet. Signed by the master weaver.
Detailed imagery of birds, vases, flowers, and curvilinear vines.
The primary field color is an apricot beige. There are a whole range of additional colors such as brown, red, blue, beige, ivory, orange, green, butterscotch, and black.
Condition is fairly good with some small areas of notable wear on the wool pile. A faint bit of dye diffusion in a few spots from a wash, but hardly noticeable.
The side cords and short fringes are in excellent condition.
Despite the wear, this is a solid dense rug that can be used in a high foot traffic area or under a dining table, etc.
Exact size is 13 ft. 1 in. by 9 ft. 8 in. 1960s era.
Last photo with Morgan silver dollar presents the backside of the rug.
Kashmar is famous for its large pictorial rugs, generally depicting royal court scenes and the ancient archaeology of Iran.
This bird motif is rare. It appears the four large birds surrounding the central medallion may be hunting the smaller songbirds. The perfect carpet for a ‘birder’ or bird enthusiast!
Kashmar is located in the Khorasan (also Khurasan) province of Persia, which is located in the northeast of the country. The name means ‘rising sun’ — since from the perspective of those to the west this is where the sun rises.
Kashmar is a small city of about 80,000 people located near the river Sish Taraz in the western part of the province and about 200 kilometres south of Mashhad. Kashmar is well known for growing many varieties of grapes and raisins, as well as its saffron. And of course it produces many fine and unique carpets.
Kashmar weavers prefer rich plush colors such as crimson, plum, orange, and burgundy. Many of the carpets woven in Kashmar are large, around 3 by 4 meters.
Shipping will be $69 within the continental U.S. Arranging a free pickup is a possible option, too.
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