Antique Persian Tabriz Beige & Dark Blue Handwoven Wool Carpet BB0642 11'3" × 19'9" $35,000
An early 20th century antique Persian Tabriz carpet, with a classical central medallion with dancing angels, birds and ducks on a beige field with a garden pattern within a dark blue palmette vinery border.
Persian rugs have a long history, going back to the Golden Age of Persian carpet weaving. The concept of carpet production came about during the Safavid dynasty. Court-established factories, provisioned by Shah Tahmasp (1524-1587), were devoted to producing intricate carpets and antique rugs. Factory production replaced the village craft of rug-making that had been prevalent up until that time. These antique Persian rugs featured simple rectilinear patterns. After 1722, Persian carpet production declined significantly. The Afghan invasion took a toll on the region, but – fueled by European demand – production picked up again in the late nineteenth century. This art form was thus revived.
Antique Persian Tabriz Beige & Dark Blue Handwoven Wool Carpet BB0642