A beautiful traditional medallion and floral Tabriz carpet from northern Iran. Signed by the master weaver.
Overall condition is excellent with only very minor pile wear. Fringes and side cords are in very good shape. No holes, tears, stains, odors, weak spots, etc.
The rug has been rolled and will flatten out perfectly once it is placed on the floor and walked on for an hour or two.
Wool pile on cotton warp & weft. Tabriz rugs are cut short by the weavers to showcase the details but they are rugged and durable.
Exact size is 12 ft. 8 in. by 9 ft. 10 in. 1960s. Very heavy! The rug weighs almost 100 pounds.
Tabriz produces a large number of handmade rugs — most of which are easy to distinguish from the carpets of other major rug weaving centers in Iran and Turkey. This rug can be used anywhere including in high foot traffic areas or under a dining room table.
Tabriz carpets are part of the Azerbaijan weaving tradition within modern Persia. Located in northwest Iran, Tabriz is the capital city of East Azerbaijan Province and is largely populated by ‘ethnic’ Azeri or Azerbaijanis. It is one of the oldest rug weaving centers in the world and makes a huge diversity of types of handmade rugs.
Regarding the illustrious historical traditions of Tabriz, Nazmiyal states:
Antique Tabriz rugs are distinguished by their excellent weave and by their remarkable adherence to the classical traditions of antique Persian rug design. But they cannot be distinguished by any particular pattern or by their coloration. The city of Tabriz was the earliest capital of the Safavid dynasty, and it can claim to have been a center of carpet production longer than any other city in Iran.
Consequently, it is not surprising that the carpets woven there have been able to preserve the highest technical standards and the most varied repertoire. Antique Tabriz rugs offer classical medallion designs and a host of allover patterns as well in every color imaginable. What sets them apart from other Persian rugs is their quality.
Tabriz has survived repeated destruction by numerous earthquakes and invasions by the Mongols, Tamerlane, Ottomans and Afghans, as well as two Russian occupations. During the late 19th century three Persian master-weavers, Haji Jalili, Sheik Safi and Kurban Dai contributed to Tabriz’s revival and Tabriz rug merchants began exporting Persian antique rugs to Western markets on a large scale. There is no traditional color scheme and the variety of color is limitless, ranging from rich jewel tones to subtle pastels. Tabriz rugs are precisely drawn and executed with care making them extremely popular among designers.
Traditionally, Tabriz has been a city of master weavers. The ateliers in this influential carpet-weaving city established a strong reputation for classicism and quality that is still respected today. Regional carpets feature effortless curve-linear designs, Safavid emblems, allover Herati (fish or Mahi) patterns, spectacular medallions and masterful motifs of all shapes and sizes.
Antique Tabriz rugs have been sought after by rug aficionados for decades. They are not only one of the finest groups of Persian rugs to have been produced in Persia, they are extremely decorative as well. The rugs of Tabriz are among the most beautiful and most desirable of antique Persian rugs, and have been manufactured in the Azeri speaking area of Northern Iran continuously for centuries.
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