Magnificent Oversized Antique Tabriz Haji Jalili Persian Rug 49317, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Persian Rug, Circa Date: 1880 – This carpet is an important piece not only for its extraordinary and breathtaking design but also for its place in carpet history. It was created in the 1880s by master carpet weaver Haji Jalili. After the fall of the Safavid Dynasty, the once-famous carpet weaving industry of Persia fell into a period of decline. In the 1880s, a group of master carpet weavers decided to attempt to revive the industry and return it to its former glory.
The attempts of these master weavers were a success, and soon the carpets of Persian weavers were once again finding their ways into the interiors of fine homes throughout the world. The European and American markets fell in love with them. The work of Haji Jalili is distinguished by its unusual color combinations and beautifully complex designs.
His work is characterized by gentle colors punctuated by deeper tones to add interest. This piece is an all-over design with a complex border that is set off from the field by darker tones. This creates the effect that appears as if the field is recessed, and the border was placed on top of the central design. This shows the talent of a true master weaver.