Antique Persian Mohtasham Kashan Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa date: 1880 – This magnificent piece is the unmistakable work of master rug weaver Ustad Hadji Mollah Mohammed Hassan Mohtasham. His antique Persian carpets were known for their gorgeous colors, masterful designs, and luminous wool that gives them a unique glow that catches the light. The result of his skill is the creation of antique rugs that are simply breathtaking and that have an almost sublime beauty, such as this piece.
Mohtasham designs are known for their multi-layered designs that feature a high level of detail. Many of the designs of this master artist reflect the Golden Age of Persian Carpet Weaving of the 16th century. It was during this time that many of the traditional motifs and elements that we associate with Persian carpets were created. Mohtasham’s famed antique Persian Kashan rugs were inspired by these traditional designs, and you can see the influences of these masterpieces in many of them.
This design has a more tribal character and honors the cultures that passed these designs and motifs down from generation to generation. You will notice elements of Persian court carpets, Caucasian carpets, and the traditional willow motif throughout the design. Mohtasham carpets are special in their own right, but this one is unique because it pays tribute to many of the styles that contributed to the development of the wealth of colors and patterns that we see today.
Master weaver Mohtasham created these carpets in his Kashan workshop. He created the designs, and then, a group of skilled craftsmen carried them out under his watchful eye. These carpets were created during a time when an effort was underway to restore the Persian carpet industry to its former glory of the days of the Safavid Dynasty.
This is a gorgeous piece that represents an important era in carpet history. Its rich colors and the precision of its design give it a formal elegance that is perfect for any classic room setting. Persian carpets are finding their way into a wide range of contemporary styles, too. Often the designer will choose simple, contemporary furniture and use rugs, such as this breathtaking piece, to create a focal point in the room.
This Mohtasham rug makes a statement, and you could use it to highlight a specific architectural element, or you could use it as the foundation for a formal dining room or conversation area. Anywhere you decide to use it, it will elevate the room design to a new level. Pieces by Mohtasham are highly collectible and are becoming an increasingly rare find. This is a unique opportunity to have one of these pieces for your space.