Breathtaking Antique Persian Mohtashem Kashan Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa date: 1880 – The fine antique Persian Mohtashem Kashan rugs are known as some of the finest in the world and some of the most masterful designs of the late 19th century. They are the designs of master carpet weaver Ustadan Zufilkhar Ed Din Mohtashem. The story goes that when the Safavid Dynasty fell in 1723, the Persian carpet industry entered a period of decline. Ustad Mohtashem married a weaver from Sultanabad, an area known for its fine carpets. She began producing rugs made from fine wool from Manchester, England. They were so beautiful that enthusiastic local merchants immediately commissioned more.
Mohtashem carpets would go on to become some of the most beautiful and recognizable carpets in the world for their fine quality and rich designs. One of the hallmarks of Mohtashem carpets is the inclusion of a few purple or red threads in the selvages. Today, Mohtashem rugs are a rare find in the marketplace because they are such highly desirable collectibles. This rug is an excellent example of the rich colors and beautiful designs that made them famous.
This carpet uses a repeating motif that gives the composition symmetry and rhythm. The dark background highlights the spicy reds and creams. This gives the rug a formal, sophisticated rug that is perfect for a room of classic or traditional furniture. One of the newer ways Persian rugs are being used is to create contrast in a contemporary space.
Many Mohtashem carpets are on a grand scale, but this one is small enough for a bedroom, conversation area, or dining area. The formal design and magnificent colors will instantly refresh a space that needs a touch of color. This rug would be an excellent foundation for the maximalist who loves more than a touch of color in the space. This rug is a versatile piece from one of the most famous master weavers in the world, and it will make a perfect addition to your space.