Scintillating Tabriz carpet from northern Iran, displaying the iconic Mahi medallion motif. This is a version of the repeating Herati pattern. Often encountered in Bijar (Bidjar) and Ardabil rugs as well.
Several shades of blue including indigo blue, light blue, and turquoise; a wonderful mint green, pale salmon, tan, light gold, silver, white, and rosy red.
Overall condition is good with an area of notable wear near the center. (Shown in the penultimate CU photo). Fringes and side cords are in very good shape.
Despite the wear the carpet is solid although perhaps not suitable for a super heavy foot traffic area of the home or office.
Last photo shows the back of the rug.
Wool pile on cotton warp and weft. Tabriz rugs are cut short by the weavers to showcase the marvelous details.
Exact size is 9 ft. 6 in. by 6 ft. 1950s.
The rug displays a traditional ‘Mahi’ medallion motif: a central medallion surrounded by a repeating field design.
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 and whitish silver color, the small icons are reminiscent of a flashing school of fish–and the rugs are often called ‘mahi’ or ‘fish’ carpets.
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.
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.
The majority of Tabriz rugs are more traditional floral rugs with the Shah Abbas design.
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