A Breathtaking and Highly Collectible and Rare 17th Century Indian Mughal Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: India, Circa Date: 17th Century – This exciting Safavid Empire rug demonstrates the workmanship and artistry that allowed this Dynasty to become one of the most accomplished in the history of Iran. It is a well preserved 17th century rug, especially considering that it is over 300 years old. The design characteristics, patina, texture and use of color distinguish it from modern Persian rugs that are basically copies and variants of these original antique Persian rugs.
This beautiful antique Persian Isfahan rug uses an all over design that is based on repeating motifs. However, the design repeats in form, but not in the color choice. The diversity of colors in the rug demonstrates the skill of the Safavid carpet dyers. The saturated yet mellow red background color of the field is enhanced by the beautiful shade of green in the border. The rug colors have remained vivid and true, which demonstrates the level of care that this 17th century antique Persian Isfahan rug has received over the centuries.
The design of the antique Isfahan rug is similar to many of the modern rugs from Iran and the Caucasus Mountains. It is comprised of motifs that convey special meaning and represent certain ideals. In his antique rug, we see cypress tree designs in the borders that throughout the field of the Persian Isfahan rug. The cypress tree represents the eternal life that comes after death. The peony and lotus can also be found that represent power and longevity. These spectacular antique rugs were often commissioned pieces for rulers, aristocracy and the wealthy class of the society. The symbols of this antique Oriental rug were meant to bring these attributes to the owner of the rug. Many of these same rug symbols continue to be used in Persian rugs made in the same area today.
This is an exquisite 17th century Isfahan rug that is of historical importance. It will be a central piece of any historical collection and is representative of the grand artistic accomplishments and power of the Safavid Empire. The most impressive feature of his early rug is its level of preservation for its age and the skill that it demonstrates in both design and technique.