Striking Persian carpet from Tabriz in northern Iran. Fabulous condition!
The field design surrounding the central ivory medallion is a form of the intricate Herati arabesque that decorates many rugs in the Middle East. In the Tabriz area it is also known as a ‘mahi’ design–or fish–because the details in the pattern look like a school of fish flashing by.
I have had a few of these mahi Tabriz carpets over the years but they were typically pretty worn. This one is in fantastic condition with only the slightest hint of wear in a couple of tiny spots inside the amazing magenta diamond. The fringes are in absolutely pristine condition on both ends; white and unworn. Long cotton fringes often get nicked up and soiled in the life of a handmade carpet.
This is an amazing motif, in my opinion, with its combination of field details, its central floral medallion, and its elegant wide borders–all enfolded by a magenta geometric diamond that jets across the rug like a lightening bolt.
The motif is sometimes copied in Pakistani rug workshops; however, they tend to work with a completely different color and dye palette, and also employ different weaving techniques. Because of this, distinguishing the Persian Tabriz carpets from their Pakistani imitators is typically straightforward.
Exact size is 11 ft. 1 in. by 7 ft. 9 in. A vintage rug from around the 1970s but in spectacular condition. There is some lively abrash (variegation in dye colors) in the dark indigo blues of the borders. The rug displays a mix of natural and quality synthetic dyes. The blues and some of the accent colors are natural while the neon magenta and orange colors cannot be duplicated with vegetable or natural dyes.
Price of this Tabriz carpet is $949.
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