Beautiful and intricate Persian ‘Mahi’ medallion Moud carpet from eastern Iran, near the border with Afghanistan. (Moud is also spelled Mood and Mud in in Western scripts.)
The design is derived from the Herati motif that developed centuries ago in the Persian city of Herat (now part of Afghanistan). Because of the remarkable detail, the small icons are reminiscent of a flashing school of fish–and the rugs are often called ‘mahi’ or ‘fish’ carpets.
Notable field and highlight colors include dark navy blue, brick red, gold, light blue, red, and white. The lovely wide border featuring a flower and vine design, is rendered in brick red, blue, gold and turquoise blue.
Overall condition is very good with small areas of wear on the wool pile. The most notable area is shown in closeup in the penultimate photo. There are no holes or weak areas in the rug.
The fringes and side cords are in excellent shape. Wool pile on cotton warp & weft.
Finely woven. It can be used in a high foot traffic area of the home.
Very similar Herati medallion rugs are woven in Tabriz. However, there are differences in the techniques and dyes. In general, those woven in Moud are softer, finer, and more supple.
Exact size is 11 ft. 9 in. by 7 ft. 8 in. 1960s.
Last photo with silver dollar shows the backside of the rug.
Moud is located in the Khorrassan Province of eastern Iran, south of Mashad. The nearby city of Birjand weaves similar rugs. The rugs are almost always curvilinear with a sunflower shaped medallion in the center.
The rugs are known for their extremely fine workmanship and quality. The local carpet weaving industry has a long history dating far back to antiquity, and the weavers display technical virtuosity by using incredibly intricate patterns.
Collectors of the fine oriental carpets regard Moud rugs with great admiration as they represent the soaring heights of artistic achievement that can be achieved by talented rug makers.
Currently, I have several large handmade Persian carpets for sale. If you’re interested in a large Persian, this would be a good time because once these are gone I won’t be replacing them.
Please email me with questions or to request more photos.
Shipping will be $69 within continental U.S.