Breathtaking Small Size 17th Century Persian Khorassan Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Persian Rug, Circa Date: 17th Century – This beautiful 17th century rug still shows its beauty hundreds of years after it left the hands of its master rug weaver in the historical Persian Empire.
The earthy rusty red granule dyes native to the Persian Khorassan region remains bright against the natural cream color backdrop. The center field design of this small rug is made up of stylized trees that are growing from the center in both directions. We see these trees of life motifs in both end of the field as well. The way they were rendered, bestows a feeling as through the trees are trying to come together and meet somewhere in the middle. But as is the case in the tragic Persian love stories of Layla and Majnun and Shirin and Khosrow, alas, based on their paths, these elements will never be able to unite.
Featured prominently at the top of this 17th century Persian Khorassan rug are two calligraphy sections. The left section contains writing that translates to:
“It is has woven by the greatest men”
While the one on the right translates to:
“This rug has woven by the thread of life”
(*the last work “life” can also be read as “Heart).
The script is remarkably legible for its age and the words clearly indicate the importance that the Persian rug weavers felt when creating it.
Beautiful and early rugs such as this example are extremely rare. Since most of the best examples are in the hands of museums and private collections, it is even more exciting to be able to find such a magnificent example that is available for rug collectors and connoisseurs to won.
An excellent conversation piece and an artifact from a uniquely artistic period of Persian history, this stunning Persian rug, with its distinctive design, possesses incredible character. This rare 17th century Persian Khorassan rug is the kind of piece that is sure to spark many historical discussions and so much appreciation.