Rare Fine Persian Tabriz Rug- Signed [Fruit and Flowers]

Rug #576
Size: 303 x 200 cm / 9.9 x 6.6 ft
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Summer Flowers and Fruits. An exquisite and unique signed rug handwoven in Tabriz, Iran. Extremely fine with enhanced motifs.


An Exceptionally Fine and Rare Persian Tabriz Rug, Northwest Persia, Wool with Silk Highlights on Silk Foundation

Mid 20th Century

 A fine and rare Persian Tabriz rug displaying an exceptionally finely drawn original design of floral bouquets and fruit in a range of delicate complementary colours

The cream field with a central floral cluster surrounded by a floral wreath supported by scattered blossoming vines, floral bouquets and sprigs bearing a variety of fruit, within a complementary cream border enclosing fruit clusters and flowering vines, an inscription to one end outer guard border.

The city of Tabriz in Northwest Persia was the earliest Capital of the Safavid Dynasty, (1502 – 1736), and as such is most likely to have been the centre of carpet production longer than any other significant centre in Persia.

Regarded as the ‘Golden Age ‘ of carpet making, the Safavid Shah’s were avid patrons of the arts in all subjects, and actively encouraged pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and creativity. Tabriz led the way, and as a result of this long tradition, Persian Tabriz rugs, influenced by varying cultures over time display a huge repertoire of varying designs from ‘medallion’ to overall repeat patterns. The range of colours is seemingly endless, and the combination of colours used is always carefully considered to create the most harmonic and decorative end product. From these earlier times, these established traditions have continued through to the present day, and many exceptional Persian Tabriz rugs have been made closely based on the ‘original’ Safavid carpet designs.

Patterns and designs also evolve over time and this exceptionally finely made Persian Tabriz rug is an example of such evolution displaying an original style of design seen in a small and highly significant definable group of technically superior Pahlavi 20th Century rugs. This group displays a variety of fruit amongst scattered identifiable flora, drawn and presented in exceptional accurate detail drawn in a remarkably fine sketchy style; only possible to replicate due to the superior quality of the materials which includes effective use of silk highlighting and the exceptional skill of the weavers. The colours enhance the appearance and have been chosen to produce a harmonic stunning and highly original composition. Even more remarkable is the fact that the design is mirrored on both the vertical and horizontal axis which demonstrates the exceptional skill and artistry of the weavers given the detail of the drawing. The colours used in this fine Persian Tabriz rug includes tones of brown, ochre, green, violet, coral, saffron and ivory on a cream background, all juxtaposed to create a consummate image of delicacy and accuracy of the flowers, fruit and associated foliage. As would be expected, the border pattern perfectly complements the main activity of the central composition.

This Persian Tabriz rug demonstrates Tabriz artistry at its very best, signed by a highly skilled designer who was highly committed in creating an original work of woven art consistent with the Pahlavi ethos in creating ground breaking and original designs to the highest possible standards in technical and visual excellence.



Rare, Fine Persian Tabriz Signed Rug. This piece was handwoven in Tabriz , Iran. For further information please contact us and our team will be pleased to assist you. All pieces in the collection are under the auspices of Essie Sakhai, one of the world’s foremost experts and collectors of fine handmade Persian rugs and carpets.