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Pair of Antique 'Ahmad' Isfahan rugs

Circa 1900
180 × 120 cm 5’10” x 3’11”
£15,000
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Description

These beautiful and very rare pair of antique Ahmad Isfahan rugs are woven with the finest wool and stunning detail that we would expect of rugs from this master weavers workshop in Isfahan.  Seirafian is the most famous workshop in Isfahan, producing some of the most intricate floral designs using the finest wool and silk.  The Ahmad workshop is not far behind in terms of the quality of materials used and the weavers who produced these remarkable pictorial rugs.  This pair of antique rugs are extremely fine, with a knot count of around 324 knots per Sq inch, woven on finely spun cotton warps and wefts.  This has allowed the master weavers to create the most elaborate design, full of animals and flowers using the tree throughout the main element of the rugs design.

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Rare in their colour palette too, with an ivory wool border colour and main field colour, this allows the favoured colours of Isfahan to flourish.  Subtle pinks, reds, greyish tones and hints of pale blue in the birds and flowers bring these exceptional rugs to life! We can see cockerels, various birds, a well drawn goat in the border and cat too! A menacing snake is coiled around the tree, with rabbits in the border design as well, you would never tire of looking at the beauty and workmanship of these rugs.

They are almost identical in their colour and design, clearly woven by the very best expert weavers who were possibly weaving fro Seirafian in Isfahan too.  Dating from circa 1900-1910 their condition is very good.  Both rugs are in almost perfect pile, with minimal light wear to one rug at the top, which we can see in the close up image 2.  One of the most beautiful and rare pairs of antique rugs we have seen, very collectable too.

Historically, Isfahan was a weaving and cultural center of great importance with its culmination as the capital of Shah Abbas, the great patron of the arts in the 16th century, “The Golden Age of Persian Weaving”. Except for the period of the Afghan domination of the early 1700’s, Isfahan has long produced antique carpets of great technical skill and sophisticated aesthetics.

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