Oversized Antique Persian Sultanabad Rug, Country Of Origin / Rug Type: Persian Rugs, Circa Date: 1900 – This colorful Sultanabad carpet from beginning of the 20th century has a high knot density and intricate design that is characteristic of carpets from this famed weaving center. Sultanabad is now known as Arak, and it is known for its carpets that feature unique designs and color combinations.
Sultanabad was established relatively late, as far as the carpet weaving industry is concerned, but had fine examples upon which to build their unique design style. Sultanabad carpets are highly desirable on the market, and they are known for wools that have a lustrous sheen and hold color well. They are known for their intricate designs created by highly skilled artists.
This Persian carpet is unique because of the wide range of colors chosen and the combination of several unique design elements. The colors range from warm reds and pinks to serene midnight blue and earthy ivory, ochre, greens, and browns. This creates a vibrant piece that will add interest and variety to any color scheme.
The overall form of the design is unique, but it also has many interesting details. The carpet uses an all over design in the field but is also includes formal corners, as one would expect to find in a medallion carpet. This is further highlighted by a central design between the corners in red. The artist used contrasting backgrounds to delineate the various areas of the design clearly. This makes each stand out as its own unique design element, but the colors also blend in a way that only natural vegetable dyes can do. This gives the entire piece a harmonious feel.
Symbols such as the lotus flower and other tribal designs reflect the connection to the tribal roots of carpet weaving traditions. The artist included rows of tiny boteh, or the eternal flame, designs in several of the smaller borders. This is a marvelous piece that brings together color and design to create a fascinating piece, both when viewed from afar or up close. The color range is spectacular, and the design is formal, yet has a few hints of tribal flavor that would make it a versatile piece for a number of décor styles.