Beautiful Antique Persian Mashahir Kerman Pictorial Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: 1890 – Kerman was an area that had a reputation for producing some of finest quality area rugs in history since the famed court carpets of the Safavid Dynasty. In the late 19th century there was an effort to revive the glory of carpet weaving. This antique Persian Kerman rug dates from about the 1890’s which is during the height of this 19th century rug revival.
The antique Persian rugs that were woven in Kerman are known for their high quality and bright, vibrant colors that stand the test of time. This antique pictorial rug is no different in these respects, but it is the design that makes it stand out as a rare collectible. This antique Persian carpet is part of a special group of antique rugs that are referred to as Persian Mashahir rugs. The Mashahir rugs were woven in different cities but they all share the common thread of depicting some of the more famous people throughout history.
This extremely fine and artistic antique Persian Mashahir design rug is like a time capsule of Persian history leading up to the time of the creation of the rug at the end of the 1800’s. If one were to have the time, it may be possible to identify each of the figures in the carpet (by translating the Farsi cartouches) to bring an even greater depth of understanding of its intent. This is a remarkable piece for its historical importance and for the ability to the weaver to actually create portraits in such fine detail that they can be recognized and honored. This antique Mashahir rug is a remarkable addition to any collection.
Such artistic area rugs can be placed on the floor but they are so magnificent and artistic that some display them as a captivating wall hanging tapestry. But regardless of how or where one ends up incorporating it, this antique Persian Kerman pictorial Mashahir rug is sure to garner much love and appreciation.