Magnificent Large Nain Carpet – Signed

Rug #2617
Size: 440 x 338 cm / 14.4 x 11.1 ft
Handwoven in: 

A magnificent large Nain carpet, central medallion format, tile pattern, architectural design, very fine weave, signed


An Exceptionally Fine and Rare Nain Carpet, Central Persia, Wool and Silk on Cotton Foundation,

Mid 20th Century

The ivory field with a massive circular medallion formed by multiple rings of interlocking offset teardrop pendants, each enclosing intricate arabesque scrolls around palmettes, surrounding a red floral star radiating  intricately drawn palmettes linked by flowering vines, supported by three tier arabesque scrolls issuing palmettes and ending in curled serrated leaves, overlaid with mirrored red ovoid pendants each enclosing a pale blue vase and meandering vines issuing palmettes and leaves, quarter medallion spandrels, within a main blue and ivory border enclosing continuous flowering vines.

The city of Nain is well known for the weaving of exceptionally fine carpets made with the very best quality of wool and silk on cotton foundation, worked by highly talented experienced weavers who treat each carpet as an individual work of art, displaying the very best of Persian artistry in woven form. This magnificent carpet of massive scale, is an example from a small yet highly significant ‘Group’ of Nain carpets, defined using high-quality materials, specific design composition, with adherence to Classical 17th Century Safavid styles of design, and use of exceptional complementing colours defined by the traditional Nain palette. Also, carpets from this ‘Group’ are individually commissioned to embellish and enhance the lavish interiors of Palaces and Grandiose Residences.

The composition of this Nain carpet is consistent with the ‘Group’ principals and features. The design displays an architectural pattern based on the elaborate interior decoration of  domes, arches and wall embellishment, identifiable in this Nain carpet by the rings of offset pendants which are graduated in size with the smallest pendants closest to the centre and gradually increasing in size to the outer ring. The graduation of the pendants gives the visual suggestion that the rings are lining up to descend and disappear into the intricately drawn floral patterned central circular medallion, or in the case of architectural ceiling embellishment, that the rings are ascending into the central medallion. This arrangement presents a sense of movement and harmony and is the focal point of the subject matter presented. The intricate decoration within each pendant is a remarkable feat of artistry and displays miniature drawing of pattern details as seen in the Classical Carpets of the 16th and 17th Centuries. The ivory field area adjacent to this medallion is decorated with a style of design and composition also as seen in the Classical Safavid Court carpets of the 16th and 17th Centuries. This identifiable composition shows a pattern of scrolling arabesques which are presented in a three-tiered arrangement, with the bottom layer formed by sinuous tendrils, and the overlaid tiers graduating to larger thicker vines and scrolling arabesques with the associated flower heads and palmettes also growing in size. This formatting gives depth to the overall appearance and enhances the flow of design created by the intense curvilinear scrolls. The top layer is defined by the main medallion and supporting medallions which appear to have simply been placed over the scrolling arabesque field area. The sensational decorative appearance of this carpet has clearly been made by weavers who are fully conversant with Persian Classical traditions, and who are determined to recreate Classical excellence in their carpet designs. The border pattern is equally impressive and displays alternate red and green pendants each intricately decorated with characteristic floral forms. Each pendant is framed by a finely drawn vine, flower head and leaf garland which continues the underlying theme of curvilinear effect. The use of white silk is often seen in Nain carpets, which is used as a highlighting material to emphasise significant motifs, or draw attention to certain elements of the design, used brilliantly in this carpet framing the central pendants which enhances the appearance of the whole medallion and in turn draws attention to its importance as the focal point of the composition.

This Magnificent carpet displays the finest aspects of Nain tradition and demonstrates the artistry of the weavers at their very best. It’s no wonder that this ‘Group’ of Nain carpets are commissioned to grace the interiors of fine Palaces.



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