Mashahir Antique Persian Kerman Rug 49063, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Persian Rug, Circa Date: 1900 – Through the skillful use of highlighting and outlining, this Kerman rug stands out in its strong colors and lines. Moving away from traditional floral patterns, this beautiful Persian rug instead focuses on the definitive form of the human face. Several elegant borders frame around each other and lead the viewer’s eyes inward, where a collection of bearded men stand together. The members of the throng seem to be discussing matters between themselves, but ultimately the flow of movement leads the viewer’s eyes upward, where a man at the topmost center of the antique rug’s core is reading out from written tablets.
This regal antique Persian Mashahir rug pays homage to the great leaders of the Persian Empire. Mashahir is a word that translates into “nobleman.” Throughout this antique rug, one can see the history of the Persian Empire and its leaders. This is a beautiful piece, and, remarkably, the artist was able to create portraiture in high enough detail that one can recognize the faces and read the writing on the rondels around the border.
This level of detail can only be achieved by using a fine weave with a high knot count. Trimming the pile close also contributes to its clarity so that the features remain sharp. This is an exquisite piece for its level of detail, and it holds a special place in the hearts of the Persian Empire.
Although this is not a traditional mihrab, the columns and gabled roof form a structure that signifies a temple or special place. This is supported by the symbol of the crown and sword at the peak of the structure and the two lion and sun symbols facing each other. The lion and sun symbols are found throughout both ancient and modern traditions in Persia. It represents the strength and power of the Persian Empire. In this case, the placement of these symbols supports the importance of the figures underneath the structure.
The placement of leaders underneath this structure is a way of honoring them and their contribution to Persian society. Of particular note is a figure placed top center. This figure is Moses with his tablets containing the Ten Commandments. Also, several women can be seen throughout the antique Persian Kerman Mashahir rug, as well.
Based on the clothing of the leaders that are depicted, the older ones are at the top, and they become progressively more modern as the group moves towards the bottom of the carpet. It appears that the carpet ends about the late 1800’s with what would appear to be the contemporary rulers at the time the rug was produced.
This design has special symbolism because it suggests that the great rulers at the time the antique Pictorial carpet was produced stand on the accomplishments and achievements of those that came before them, and that made the Persian Empire great. It shows the importance of the actions of the rulers in continuing those traditions.
This is a wonderfully well-designed Persian Mashahir antique Oriental rug in salmon, pinks and reds. It has a high level of detail and is an interesting subject matter. This would make an elegant addition to any home or office and will create a conversation piece wherever you choose to display it.