Stunning Antique Persian Tabriz Runner Rug, Country of Origin: Persian Rug, Circa date: 1900 – highly acclaimed of all antique Persian rug designs. Since the Safavid period, from 1501 to 1722 A.D., the city of Tabriz has been a well-known and respected production place for the ultimate desirable Persian carpets. Historical records reveal that rugs were made in the city during the Sassanid period, from 224 to 651 A.D.
The graceful artistry of stunning motifs is combined with the precision weaving that is characteristic of Safavid’s expert designers and unequaled weavers. In fact, the carpets from the Safavid era are said to display the very heights of woven artistry in Iran, and antique Persian Tabriz rugs are praised for having continued these optimal levels of expertise.
Tabriz is located in the northwestern regions of Iran. As the capital city of East Azerbaijan province, this metropolis stands 449 feet above sea level within a basin of the Sahand Mountains. To the north are Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Classic Tabriz rug designs display a centrally placed medallion enhanced by an all-over covering of floral patterns, vines, tendrils and foliage. They mirror the stylistic qualities of the famed Ardabil Carpets, yet each individual rug is a unique work of art. Herati (mahi) (fish) design elements appear as accentuating motifs in many different Persian antique rugs. In addition, they also are displayed as singular motifs in elaborately woven all-over covering designs.
Following the ending of the Safavid Dynasty, the extensive carpet-weaving artistry decreased in its quality and impact across Persia. However, interest in rug and carpet production revived during the nineteenth century. During this period, three Persian master-weavers, Haji Jalili, Sheik Safi and Kurban Dai, greatly influenced Tabriz’s carpet artistry revival. This era witnessed the return of Tabriz as a major center of exquisite carpet design and production.