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Antique Isfahan rug

Circa 1900
207 × 140 cm 6’9” x 4’7”


A beautiful and very fine antique Isfahan rug, woven in the fine workshops of Isfahan in the first 1/4 of the 20th Century and in exceptional original condition. We can see a wonderful variety of dyes used on this rug and what is known as ‘Abrash’ which is the obvious changes in dye across the rug in the pale blues and deep red/purple dyes.  This gives an antique rug enormous character, and something modern weavers try and replicate.  Isfahan produced some of the finest rugs in the world, weaving small rugs, pictorial rugs and vase designs such as this elegant piece.  The scrolling border floral design has been woven with immense skill, this was clearly a very accomplished weaver to produce this design with such execution.

The deep reds, purples and pinks for the flowers are intense and vibrant if they were woven yesterday, the lilacs and pale blues are also exquisite dyes, a real feast for the eyes! We have muted old greens and sandy tones too, all on a faded stone background colour, this rug would be a beautiful piece of art for the floor.  The condition of the rug is of the highest order, from a private collection it has been much loved and used in a bedroom for many years.  Over 120 years old and in excellent order, as you can see from all the images.

We would be very happy to show you this rug at our showroom or at home, in situ soon, please contact us to arrange a viewing.  Thank you.

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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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