Fine Persian Kashan Pictorial Rug

Rug #5144
Size: 195 x 142 cm / 6.4 x 4.7 ft
Handwoven in: 

Persian Kashan Rug – Kork wool on cotton foundation

This Persian Kashan rug is published in;

THE PERSIAN CARPET, ‘The Fabric of Life’, Essie Sakhai, Woodbridge, 2008.

pl. 46, p. 95.

This pictorial rug shows King Houshang, mythical founder of the
first Iranian royal dynasty whose legend is told in the Persian epic, the
Shahnameh of Ferdowsi. However, in this depiction, the hero seems to
have been conflated with a more recent and historically well-established
ruler, Nadir Shah Afshar, who ruled from 1748 to 1796. He is shown seated
on the Takht-i-Tavus (Peacock Throne) although this version of that famous
throne, now part of the Imperial treasury and housed in the Golestan Palace,
Tehran, is the one made for the greatest Shah of the succeeding Qajar
dynasty, Fath Ali Shah, in around 1800. The original Peacock throne, made
for the Moghul Emperor Jehan and looted by Nadir Shah during his
sacking of Delhi in the 1740s, was broken up shortly after Nadir’s death.The
actual composition of this rug is one followed by many late-19th and early
20th century workshops from all over Iran; its shows the enthroned Shah
surrounded by his court officials, with stylised scenes of warfare and
hunting arranged in almost strip cartoon fashion around the main border.


Persian Kashan rug handwoven from fine silk and wool in Iran.

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