Fine Persian Nain Carpet – Garden Design

Rug #2561
Size: 304 x 209 cm / 10 x 6.9 ft
Handwoven in: 

Fine Nain, Iran Silk and Wool Garden Design Persian Carpet on Pastel Blue and Navy base, with Ivory Border and Salmon accents


An Exceptionally Fine Persian Nain Carpet, Central Persia, Wool with Silk Highlights on Cotton Foundation

Mid 20th Century

The blue and ivory field with five columns of eight and a half lobed circular medallions each enclosing flowering plants or palmettes issuing flowering vines and arabesques, supported by ivory flower head adorned medallions, within an ivory border enclosing continuous cartouches each enclosing flowering plants supported by delicate flowering tendrils

The city of Nain is a relatively recently established centre for the production of decorative furnishing carpets with designs predominantly based on 17th Century Classical Persian designs. Carpet production became established here in the 1930’s and rapidly became a significant centre for the production of exceptional decorative carpets. Due to the close proximity to Isfahan, an historically important centre for the production of technically fine and highly decorative rugs with a tradition dating back to the 16th Century, it would be inevitable that much of Nain pattern repertoire would be hugely influenced by the outstanding Isfahan workmanship, and traditional iconography.

The technical fineness of much of Nain workmanship is comparable to the finest technical finesse as seen in any other significant centre of Persian urban carpet production. A good deal of emphasis is placed upon the colour palette which is distinctive to Nain carpets. Shades of blue and beige with green and red detailing are often present ivory, and ivory silk is frequently used as a ‘highlighting’ material to enhance the visual appearance of their carpets. Central medallion formats are a major part of their design repertoire, though all over repeat patterns are also prevalent.

This Persian Nain carpet possesses all the attributes of the very best of Persian Nain workmanship. The wool is of the best quality, soft and lustrous supported by fine silk highlighting to enhance the visual appearance where it has been applied. The use of fine  quality wool and the presence of silk allows for the pile to be finer knotted and as such allows for greater clarity of the pattern details clearly evident in this magnificent detailed example. The design of this Persian Nain carpet is not mainstream, but highly individual in its field pattern composition, displaying columns of blue medallions infilled with flora forms drawn in a highly individual style. Differing styles of medallion are presented here as main repeat medallions, though breaking established Persian urban tradition these medallions are randomly applied to form the all over design.

This Persian Nain carpet presents a courageous design, which breaks established tradition creating movement and expresses great individuality from the Designer and Weavers. Traditional colours from the Nain palette are present with tones of blue, ivory, ivory silk, The curvilinear flow of the border patterning with plant filled cartouches or medallions enhances the activity of the main field. This carpet is a rare example of Persian Nain workmanship at its best, confirmed by the originality of the design format, the use of traditional colouring to produce the most potent effect, and the technical excellence in its construction. This is a fine quality Persian Nain carpet, a celebration of Nain carpet artistry.