A Beautiful Tree Of Life Antique Persian Mohtasham Kashan Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa date: 1900 – This breathtaking piece is from the famed carpet master Hadji Mollah Mohammed Hassan Mohtashem of Kashan. It was created around the turn of the century during a time when the Persian carpet industry was undergoing a revival after a time of decline due to civil unrest. This masterful work depicts the Tree of Life and references the Garden of Paradise.
Rugs by master weaver Mohtashem are known for their striking blend of color and design. They are also known for their high level of detail and complexity. The diversity of plant and animal life in this rug demonstrates an incredible level of artistry and a vast repertoire.
Mohtashem’s antique rugs were created in workshops where he designed the rugs, and then carefully supervised a team of weavers in the completion of the piece. Only the most skilled craftsmen could work in his shop. The Tree of Life design rugs were created with precision and attention to detail that exists in only a few other works. A Mohtashem rug is a rare treat to see.
Mohtashem’s work encompasses a broad range of designs, many of which were inspired by the 16th century Royal Gardens of Kashan, which are still in existence today. Mohtashem created fine antique Persian Kashan rugs from wool, silk, or a combination of the two. Regardless of the fiber content, his works are known for using only the finest material and are known for their luminous glow. They are also known for being soft to the touch.
This carpet is a remarkable piece of work. It is not unusual for a carpet of this size to have as many as 150,000 to over 200,000 knots, each of which was hand-tied by skilled hands under the careful watch of the master. The design of this carpet is balanced visually both in color and pattern. It has a level of work that almost touches the sublime.
The antique Persian rugs by Ustad Mohtashem have a formal quality. They were meant for nobility and those who had the means to have one commissioned. They are highly collectible area rugs and are becoming rare on the market because few who have them are willing to part with them. They often bring a hefty price at auction houses, making this a rare opportunity to add a Mohtashem to your collection.