Antique Tree of Life Persian Mohtashem Kashan Rug 70069

Size: 7 ft 10 in x 11 ft (2.39 m x 3.35 m)
Origin: Persian Rugs

A Breathtaking Animal Hunting Scene and Tree Of Life Design Antique Persian Mohtashem Kashan Rug, Country Of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Persian Rugs, Circa Date: Late 19th Century – Representing the best of Kashan and greater Persia, this antique carpet is a veritable masterpiece that highlights the country’s rich artistic traditions and the tremendous skill of the famed master weaver Mohtashem. A towering, impeccably detailed Tree of Life grows upward across the directional field and fills the exquisite ruffled niche. Lush millefleur branches with sensuous curves scroll across the fleecy white ground while providing shelter for the delightful birds that perch on its branches. Savage hunting animals represent another famous design type while the arborescent figure becomes a literal Tree of Life through the birds, animals and vivacious creatures that are placed throughout its dense flower-covered branches. This diverse, detail-rich forest is juxtaposed against hyper-saturated spandrels and lush calyx-filled borders that have an aristocratic Safavid style.

You only need one look at this exquisite antique Persian rug to recognize it as the work of master carpet weaver Mohatshem. This late 19th century masterpiece was produced in Kashan, Persia by a designer who was commissioned to produce important works for the aristocracy and for public spaces. The design of the rug features two lions bringing down antelope underneath the tree of life.

The message of this magnificent tree of life rug is sublime and reflects the natural world with an embodiment of the circle of life. A flock of birds that includes peacocks, and other birds with gracefully flowing tail feathers, rests among the branches of the tree of life. The theme of this rug pays homage to the beauty and diversity of life on earth. It also causes one to reflect on the preciousness of every day and our own place in the great circle.

The design of this jaw dropping antique Mohtashem Kashan rug is rendered in fine detail, using vibrant colors that contrast with the ivory background. Areas using a contrasting scarlet red background highlight the main design and add life to the heavens that surround the tree of life. The antique rug is framed by a series of complex borders that focus attention on the central design.

This animal hunting design rug tells the story that connects many cultures and peoples around the world. It is an ancient tale that has been told many times over in different languages and in many different ways. This antique Mohtashem carpet is magnificent visually, but it is much more than that. It is a piece that connects us all to the place where we all came from.

This antique Persian Mohtashem Kashan rug is one of a kind and a rare treasure for the person who is honored to have it for their own. The works of Mohtashem went beyond color and form. His work touched something that lives in the heart of everyone. This antique tree of life carpet has beauty that is almost beyond words, and a theme that connects us all.

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