Oriental Rugs, Vintage Rugs, and Antique Rugs by Peter Pap


Late 19th C

The Thomas Rose House Carpet. At the beginning of the classical period of Persian Safavid weaving in the 16th century, the (then) capital of Tabriz arguably produced the finest carpets in the world. While weaving has a long and rich history in northwest Persia, we have remarkably little information on Tabriz carpets from the post-classical period beginning in the 18th century until the end of the 19th century. This majestic palace-sized Tabriz dates to this later period. In a sense, with its classic medallion format, precise drawing, and fantastic garden imagery, it may be seen as a complete summation of Northwest Persian carpet design. A classic central medallion in light ochre hues floats against a pale cream field. Animal imagery is drawn throughout, with phoenixes of the type inspired by 16th century Chinese examples drawn within the medallion. Rams, deer and lions are active in the field. Several varieties of blossoming trees are rendered across the field in a style reminiscent of 17th and 18th-century Northwest Persian garden carpets. In recent years, many semi-antique Tabriz carpets have been chemically stripped and violently altered to approximate the look of earlier 19th century carpets. Such harsh bleaching ultimately fails to replicate the subtle qualities of genuine antique pieces. This carpet, however, is the real thing. Provenance: The Thomas Rose House Carpet, resided in this historic house in Charleston, SC since the 1940's. Purchased in the 1920's it was in the home of Mary Hallenback Staats Graham in New York City.

Even wear throughout with minor restoration.
13' 5"
27' 0"
On Request

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