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Isfahan carpet

Circa 1950
310 × 193 cm 10’2” x 6’3”


A fabulous provenance with this fine Isfahan carpet which was previously owned by Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the 1960’s.  The Shah of Iran,  Mohammad Reza Pahlavi,  visited the UK in 1959 and 1965, and from our understanding this carpet was a given as a gift to the then Prime Minister Mr Wilson by the Shah.

We have the original receipt showing it was then purchased from Mr & Mrs Wilson in 1984 for £12,000 from their home in Ashley Gardens.

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 The condition is perfect and the weave is exceptionally fine,   being woven on a silk foundation this is the finest type of Isfahan weaving available. It has both amazing detail and the rarest colours,  the pale pistachio green border being one of the most expensive colours to manufacture.  An amazing piece of history,  available on the market for the first time in 60 years.

Isfahan is situated virtually in the centre of Persia, and was once the capital city. The rugs are woven in the city itself and the surrounding villages. Starting in the early 17th century, their name was renowned throughout Europe – this has continued to the present day. Although rug making was interrupted by the Afghan invasion, it quickly re-established itself as a major centre for the finest handmade carpets. This example show cases why Isfahan are famous for weaving the most detailed, beautiful fine carpets.

We offer the service of viewing any of our carpets & rugs in-situ in London, Surrey, Hampshire & the UK by appointment. Please request a home visit to see this amazing elegant wool and silk Isfahan carpet in your own home.

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