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2014

Antique Tabriz carpet

Circa 1880
864 x 580 cm 28’4” x 19’
£150,000
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Woven in the Persian city of Tabriz, circa 1880 this remarkable enormous palace size antique Tabriz carpet has the famous ‘Ardabil’ design and once lived within the boardroom of the Bank of England. The quality is exceptional, being woven with the finest weave and materials, possibly of Haji Jalili workshop, usually his workshop was spared for smaller carpets and rugs. With this amazing quality of weaving but in this enormous size, the weavers have created a masterpiece which would have taken years to weave.

Commissioned when first manufactured in the late 19th century with the classical Ardabil design, the central medallion resembles that of the interior side of the dome of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan, Persia with two differently sized lamp motifs surrounding the design, now seen as a deliberate use of graphical perspective, when looked at from the end with the smaller lamp the two appear the same size.

The original 15th century Ardabil carpet resides in the Victoria and Albert museum in London, Queen Victoria having been advised to buy it for the country by William Morris.  This most famous design has been copied on many occasions, in fact an Ardabil design carpet resides under the dining table within No 10 Downing Street. We believe this to be the best oversize antique Tabriz Ardabil design carpet currently available worldwide.

One area in the border has been restored, as a plant pot was placed on the border for many years which sadly rotted away this area of the carpet.  Using our expert restoration team we were able to reweave this area using antique wool and old techniques to a very high standard.  Please view all the images to see the before and after restoration photos, plus close ups of the carpets colours. The rest of the carpet is in exceptional pile and condition.

If you choose to request a home visit, we shall happily visit your home to show you this enormous masterpiece of an antique carpet in-situ at a preferred time for you.

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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.

Please click for an external link to the V&A websites page regarding their Ardabil carpet.

Wikipedia page about the Ardabil carpets.

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