Antique Persian Tabriz Rug BB2577
Antique Persian Tabriz Rug Description:
An early 20th century Northwest Persian Tabriz antique rug with various cartouches forms overall filled with vinery, medallions and floral devices in shades of green, cream and beige within a green curving leaf border.
Tabriz, the capital of the northwestern Iranian province of Azerbaijan, has for centuries enjoyed a great reputation as a center of Persian culture. Under the benign patronage of Shah Abbas the Great (1587-1629), artists and artisans designed illuminated manuscripts, embroidered silks, painted miniatures and fabricated metal work in the Safavid style. It was in this fertile, creative atmosphere that the weavers of Tabriz rugs for the Court were inspired to reach for new artistic heights and created exceptional oriental Persian rugs and carpets for sale. The art of carpet-weaving was handed down from generation to generation and considered a family treasure, allowing artists to ply a respected trade. The early eighteenth century saw the end of the Safavid Empire and the decline of the town of Tabriz with its legendary craftsmanship falling into disuse.