Antique Persian Pictorial Tabriz Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: 1900 — This antique rug depicts a beautiful palace scene set against a cream field in pale blue and brown shades. A multistory building overlooks a central fountain, surrounded by gardens and connected to an imposing closed front gate and adjoining fence by a cobbled path. The garden displays trees, some in containers, and numerous blossoms; it aligns beside the palace in a symmetrical pattern. The palace itself features intricate details, including a crest of grapes and blossoms on the center of the roof surrounded by two lion-faced figures. Bright flowers in vases line the windows and decorative designs along the walls emerge in the fine detail of this rug. Two windows reveal the profile of a person inside the building. The broad cream border contains forest scenes, with deer, antelopes, mountain goats, birds and other animals placed decoratively among the flowering trees and blossoms. Red guard borders trimmed in blue contain scrolling white leaves and pale blue flowers. Weavers in the large city of Tabriz in Iran’s far northwestern mountains have created many types of lovely Persian rugs and carpets for hundreds of years. Rugs from the area often utilize cream fields very effectively.