The breathtaking piece is the unmistakable work of one of Persia’s most famous carpet weavers. Hadji Mollah Mohammed Hassan Mohtasham, who would later come to be called Ustad Mohtasham, is one of Kashan’s most-revered carpet weavers. His works are now some of the most desirable collectibles on the market for many good reasons.
The first is that Mohtasham’s carpets show a level of expertise in design and workmanship that few ever achieve. His designs are borrowed from the masterpieces created for the court carpets of the Safavid Dynasty in the sixteenth century. They are known for their brilliant use of color and the intricacy of the design. They also have a clarity of design that is only possible with a high knot count.
Mohtasham rugs have a supple feel and luxurious softness underfoot. This rug is a classic medallion rug modeled after traditional Persian rugs. These rugs are a direct result of an effort to restore the carpet weaving industry of Persia to its former glory. Years of civil war and conquest after the fall of the Safavid Dynasty led to a dramatic decline in the quality and scale of the Persian rug industry.
In the latter part of the nineteenth century, Mohtasham and several other skilled weavers decided to attempt to revive the carpet industry. They borrowed traditional designs from the Golden Age of Persian Carpets and redesigned them for contemporary tastes. The project was a success and resulted in some of the most breathtaking rugs in history, including this one.
Mohtasham rugs began the revival with only three looms in operation. By the year 1900, there were over 1,500. This would grow to around 4,000 by 1949. Mohtasham carpets are known for their elegance and grace. They are some of the more difficult to find, and Nazmiyal Gallery is honored to offer this magnificent collectible for you to explore. If you would like to inquire about this rug or arrange to see it in person, contact our fine team of rug professionals.