Stunning Animal Design Blue Background Antique Persian Sarouk Farahan Area Rug, Country of Origin: Persian, Circa Date: 1900 – Its level of detail, theme, and rich colors show a level of artistry of that of a master rug weaver. This gorgeous antique rug was created around the turn of the 20th century at a time when there was an effort underway to restore the craft of Persian rug weaving to its former glory in the 15th and 16th centuries. This animal design rug is not only beautiful, but it also has a special place in Persian rug weaving history.
The reign of Shah Abbas ushered in an era that would become known as the Golden Age of Persian Rug Weaving. During this time, the state funded the creation of formal schools where designers and workers were trained to create masterpieces. These antique rugs were often used as diplomatic gifts and to adorn the homes of nobility. At the end of the Safavid Dynasty, the industry fell into ruin due to military conflict. In the late 1800’s, a group of master Persian weavers decided to launch an effort to restore the industry to its former glory.
To achieve this goal, they drew from designs that had been handed down from the Golden Age. This Farahan rug is evidence of their success. Its garden theme and central medallion add a sublime quality to the Persian Sarouk rug that only a master could achieve. We do not know the name of this master, but the level of skill is apparent in this piece. This piece features a theme of abundance with predators and prey, birds of many kinds, and cloud bands that represent the heavenly realms. The symmetry of the design not only adds balance but is representative of the heavenly realms.