Early 20th Century Persian Meshad Rug BB7144 12'2" × 15'7" $80,000
An unusual example from the Doris Leslie Blau gallery’s collection of Persian Meshad rugs, having a diagonally striped field with beige and brown floral links around a central scalloped medallion with pendants containing an intricate lozenge pattern within a series of similar reciprocal stripes.
As is typical of workshop antique oriental rugs produced in larger towns, Meshad rugs can be larger and of a more consistent quality than Persian rugs produced in a smaller village and, of course, by nomadic tribesmen. This is a result of the sturdier looms typically used in larger towns and cities (they are ill-suited to village settings and not at all feasible for nomads. They are too large and require an anchored placement) and the better quality-control which weeds out deviations and irregularities that would pass muster in a smaller setting not up to the level of Meshad’s artisans. Reflecting their pride in workmanship, Meshad weavers frequently signed their work, adding interest and value to the precious nature of these antique oriental rugs.
Early 20th Century Persian Meshad Rug BB7144