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Antique Tabriz carpet

Circa 1920
368 × 255 cm 12’ x 8’4”


A very pretty antique Tabriz carpet, with gentle pale blues and an off white central area.  Delightful pale blue medallion and accent colours of pale yellow and pinks.  A very decorative carpet around 100 years old.

Small areas of minimal wear are evident but nothing significant, it actually adds to the charm of this old classical carpet.  No rips or tears, it has had new fringes sewn on at some point at both ends, which could be removed if preferred.  Supplied with our high quality underlay, this helps preserve the carpets and stops movement on many different floor types.

Contact us to arrange a home visit or showroom visit, we would love to show you this carpet up close soon.

During the beginning of the 20th century, workshops such as Benlian successfully reinterpreted classic artistic rugs of the 16th/17th century Safavid period and created some of the best quality carpets for the European market.  This beautiful antique Tabriz is not signed with the famous ‘Star’ motif of the Benlian workshop but it is of similar high quality and has been signed by the weaver.

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At the end of the 19th century, after a prolonged period of dormancy, the Persian town of Tabriz experienced an artistic revival and successfully reasserted itself into the forefront of the rug-making world. Perhaps one of the most important figures in this reawakening of Tabriz as an important rug-making centre was the master weaver Haji Jalili, from the nearby of Marand.  Haji Jalili is best known today for his incredible and unique approach to rug-making and his preference for distinctive colour palettes and design elements.

The major city of Tabriz, located near the Turkish border, is the centre of classically designed antique carpets in Northwest Persia. At the foot of the beautiful Elbruz Mountains, Tabriz has a noteworthy history, both as the Persian market centre most linked geographically to European and Western commerce, and as the source of the most venerated weavings: the inspired carpets of the Shah Abbas period during the 15th and 16th centuries.

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