Antique Farahan Carpet, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: 1900 – Farahan carpets developed a unique style that became popular in the European and US markets in the later part of the 19th century. The designs included both geometric and floral elements to create a style that was often found in fine estates as investment pieces. The popularity of Farahan carpets came to global attention when they were featured at the 1873 Vienna Exhibition.
Farahans are known for using high-quality wool, excellent workmanship, and durable construction. They are also known for combining colors and intricate designs that give them an almost sublime quality.
This Persian carpet uses an allover design that is based on repeating motifs. It uses layers of intricate detail in the field and borders that requires a high knot count and finely spun threads to accomplish. The artistry of the piece shows a developed eye that only comes through formal training and artistic experience.
The colors are vivid and include a wide range of bright reds, brilliant blues, earthy browns and ivory. The palette includes an impressive range of hues that allowed the artist to create depth in the design. From an artistic standpoint, this is a breathtaking piece from a skilled artist.
The weaving is fine enough to include writing at the top which could be the weaver who produced it, the person who commissioned the piece, or a quote. The ability to produce legible script requires a highly developed skillset by the artist and the weavers. A piece such as this could have easily taken a team of weavers over a year to produce.
Farahan carpets remain a favorite among carpet connoisseurs and collectors, so much so that it is difficult to find an example produced prior to 1910. This antique rug is not only a captivating piece for designs from traditional to modern, it is one that is becoming more difficult to find. Many of them are already in the hands of private collectors, which makes this and rare opportunity to obtain an exquisite piece.