Beautiful Oversized Antique Persian Tabriz Rug, Rug Type / Country of Origin: Antique Persian Rugs, Circa Date: 1900 – This incredible piece shows the artistry and talent for which the weavers of Tabriz were known. It is a formal piece that was created around the turn of the 20th century. This carpet features colors and design motifs that are unique and make this a rare find.
The Tabriz carpet is based on a traditional medallion design that begins to appear in Tabriz around the 16th century when the carpet schools of Tabriz were relegated the task of producing carpets for the Safavid Dynasty courts. During the late 1800s, there was an attempt to revive the Tabriz carpet industry. Many of the designers of that time took their inspiration from the carpets of those who came before them.
Several things stand out about this carpet that makes it unique. First is the brilliant use of contrasting colors in the background. Of particular note is the emerald green that one does not see often. Tabriz carpets are known for their layers of color of contrasting backgrounds, but this one is particularly brilliant. The second item of note is the scale of the medallion and corners to the overall size of the carpet. The medallion and corners are emphasized in this piece.
The most notable characteristic of the antique carpet is its subject and the motifs. This carpet features a multitude of plants and animals. Many of them have special symbolic meaning. For instance, the Bird of Paradise is a literal symbol of paradise. Birds are often included to indicate vitality, happiness, and energy. The most unusual inhabitants of this garden paradise are leopards and lions hunting quarry that includes gazelles and emu. The artist also includes stylized cloud bands that are a representation of the heavenly realms.
This is an exquisite piece that is unusual in its colors and design. Carpets with animals are highly collectible because one does not see them often in Persian carpets. The choice of animals on this carpet is even more unusual. This piece could easily have been a commissioned piece.
This carpet would make an excellent addition to a collection, and it would make a breathtaking addition to any formal space. The design, colors, and size of the carpet would make the space look even grander. It would highlight large architectural features and give the space a sublime quality. This is a special carpet for exclusive interior design.