Tabriz Floral Brown, Light Beige and Blue Handwoven Wool Rug BB5913 9'8" × 12'0" $50,000
This ornately designed circa-1920 antique Persian Tabriz rug features an all-over pattern of arabesques, floral abstractions and such staples of Oriental rug weaving as the boteh, in shades of brown and blue against a field of light beige. A paisley shape, the boteh usually represents a leaf or a pinecone and is believed by some scholars to be a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity.
The famous textile-manufacturing city of Tabriz, the Azerbaijani-populated province in the north west of Iran, boasts one of the oldest rug weaving centers in the world and produces a large variety of antique oriental rugs characterized by having an especially fine knot density (indicative of high quality hand-knotted rugs). An antique Tabriz rug can be made of cotton or silk and woven as a pile Persian carpet or flat-weave. A refined palette reliant on copper tones, terracotta and ivory, with shades of blue and subtle touches of gold, green and salmon are prevalent in these carpets.
Tabriz Floral Brown, Light Beige and Blue Handwoven Wool Rug BB5913