Magnificent Antique Persian Tabriz Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Persian Rugs, Circa Date: 1910 – This regal, antique carpet from Tabriz has a sublime quality that is the work of an artist who is a master of their craft. This all-over millefleur design has exquisite detail and colors that come together in a way that is found in select few carpets in the world. It is a fine example of the works for which the Tabriz weavers have been known for centuries.
This is a rare piece in its level of detail, glorious use of color, and captivating design. Tabriz was established as a center of the carpet industry in the 1500s and is known for producing rare masterworks, such as this. The Tabriz carpet works were the official creators of carpets used to line the floors and walls of palaces, mosques, and private estates. Formal schools were established in Tabriz to help train artists and weavers to produce carpets of exceptional quality and design.
Carpet making in the court production centers involved a master artist who created the design on a cartoon. The master weaver would then oversee the weaving process to make certain that their instructions were carried out precisely. This same method was still used in the first decade of the 20th century when this carpet was produced.
A carpet such as this one could take years to complete. To create the level of intricate detail in this carpet requires a fine knot count and skilled hands. This is an incredible Persian carpet with a formal and sophisticated feel. It was more than likely a commissioned piece that was meant to grace the grand halls of a nobleman or public space. This piece would make an excellent addition to any collection. It inspires awe in any space that it inhabits, just as it was designed to do when it was first created. This is a magnificent piece to behold.