Gorgeous Prayer and Vase Design Silk Antique Persian Mohtasham Kashan Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa date: 1880 – Hadji Mullah Mohammed Hassan Mohtashem is one of the most recognizable names in oriental rug history. The fine antique Persian Mohtashem Kashan carpets are known for their superior artistry, beautiful colors, and fine knot count. This exquisite small size antique Persian Kashan carpet dates from around the end of the 19th century and features a soft array of lighter pastel colors which is quite rare to see in these captivating antique rugs.
Another aspect that makes this a rare example and collectible rug is the prayer niche design. The antique prayer rugs are collectable in and of themselves but when you factor that this piece was also woven by one of the greatest master weavers of all time, makes it an even more exciting fine.
Mohtashem was one of a group of artists who had the vision to revive and restore the industry of Persian rugs to its former glory during the Golden age of the Safavid dynasty court carpets in the 1600’s. As part of this effort, rug designers were sought out who knew how to re-create the old classic traditional area rugs and bring them new life. Mohtashem was one of these select groups of artisans. He took inspiration from the grand carpets of the 1600s and breathed an innovative approach into the Persian carpet industry.
Another aspect that separates this piece from the rest is the fact that it was woven using silk. As most already know, silk area rugs are some of the most luxurious high end area rugs in the world and have a sheen that is simply divine. Raw silk can be spun into incredibly thin threads and holds dye colors beautifully. This is a truly spectacular piece because of the time and effort that it takes to produce silk. Only the finest quality carpets are made from silk.