Magnificent Large Antique Persian Mohtashem Kashan Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Persian Rugs, Circa Date: 1880s – The colors, intricate design and sheen of an Ustad Mohtasham carpet are unmistakable. This carpet has a sublime quality that can only be achieved by a master designer. This carpet was produced in the last quarter of the 19th century and is an exquisite example of the masterworks created in the carpet works of Kashan.
The history of carpet weaving in Kashan goes back nearly 400 years, and by the 19th century, workshops were established to meet the demands of a hungry Western market. Masters weavers, such as Hajji Mollah Hassan Mohtasham, designed and oversaw the production of works of exquisite beauty and refined taste.
Carpets produced in the shop of this master weaver are recognizable from their design and colors. They have a harmony of these two elements that come together to create a piece of almost indescribable beauty. They also have a purple silk finish on the edges. They are also made of the finest wool available. The wools used by Mohtasham have a high luster and create a sheen that is similar to silk.
Mohtasham Persian carpets have a high knot count to allow for the high level of detail in the design. You are invited to look closely at the phenomenal detail of the carpet. They are visually captivating when viewed from a distance and up close.
Carpets from Kashan are highly desirable, but Mohtashams are rare on the market because most are in private collections. People are unwilling to part with them, making them an extraordinary find.
The colors of this antique carpet are exceptional, blending vibrant reds, rich midnight and earthy tones. Many Mohtashams are medallion rugs, but this one is an excellent example of an all-over design. The repeated motif itself is unique. This graceful and elegant carpet is in excellent condition and is a rare find. Its beauty and quality speak for itself, and it would make an excellent addition to any collection or style.