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Antique Khorassan carpet

Circa 1890
530 x 356 cm 17’4” x 11’8”


An extremely beautiful oversize antique Khorassan carpet, circa 1890-1900 the weave is fine and the wool is of the finest quality.  Beautiful natural faded dyes, using a pale salmon pink tones, soft yellows, greens and pale blues.  The designs consists of a large open medallion with a lovely pale green small central motif.  The elongated cartouche border design uses ivory and muted yellow tones combined with the terracotta rustic border colour.  An elegant and refined carpet ideal for a large drawing room or dining room.

The condition is excellent with a high wool pile over the majority of this oversize carpet, some smaller areas of lower pile but nothing significant.  There are no stains or damage to speak of on this stunning classical carpet.  Please view all the additional images attached.  If you would like to view this carpet at home or in our showroom please contact us to request a viewing.

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Khorassan consists of two words, “Khor” and “Asan”, which means “rising sun” which is “Matla-o-shams” in ancient texts ( where sun rises ). This land, in old time was a vast and thriving country and during centuries was divided into various parts placed in Russia or Afghanistan.  This province is one of the most important weaving centres in Persia and this industry has a very special prominence.  Carpet weaving in Khorassan flourished in the 1500’s, during The Kingdom of Shahrokh Mirza dynasty in Herat, the Capital city of this dynasty was known as a city of Artists and Miniaturists, it was active in every branch of Art, specially carpet weaving. This art, after the flourishing period, at the end of Safavid era started to decline, drastically as far as the end of Qajar dynasty.

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