19th Century Persian Tabriz Beige and Brown Handwoven Wool Rug BB4818 10'5" × 14'1" $60,000
Of the antique Tabriz rugs in the collection, this size-adjusted example is distinguished by a lively allover pattern of leafy vinery that forms curvilinear lozenges containing the flowers and leafy branches of the vines, all framed within a dense darker border with turtle palmettes.
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 Persian rugs for the Court were inspired to reach for new artistic heights and created exceptional antique oriental rugs and carpets. The art of carpet-weaving was handed down from generation to generation and considered a family treasure, allowing artists to ply a respected trade.
19th Century Persian Tabriz Beige and Brown Handwoven Wool Rug BB4818