Fine Persian Tabriz Rug – Pazyryk Design – Signed

Rug #2480
Size: 208 x 136 cm / 6.8 x 4.5 ft
Handwoven in: 

Signed Persian Tabriz Rug – Fine Silk and Wool – Pazyryk Design, handwoven from silk and wool in Iran. Signed by the master weaver. This piece features an allover design that pays homage to the oldest known woven pile carpet in the world, the Pazyryk carpet stored at the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg, Russia. Light complexion with complementary pastel colours including pink and pistachio green.

The Pazyryk rug was believed to have been made between the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE and is the oldest extant example of a pile weaving. The rug was made in the Achaemenid style (first Persian Empire 559-331 BCE) and is housed in the Hermitage Museum, St Petersberg. It was excavated from a frozen tumulus tomb of a Scythian nobleman in the Pazyryk valley, high in the Altai mountains bordering Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

The Pazyryk rug measures 200cm. by 182cm. (6ft.7in. by 6ft.), is symmetrically knotted and demonstrates an already advanced weaving technique. Remarkably, little has changed in rug weaving over a twenty-five-century period. It is a powerful work of woven art. The design is simply drawn and finely executed, consists of a central rectangle divided into twenty-four squares, each containing a cruciform motif. The central rectangle is enclosed by two principal borders one containing a continuous line of twenty-four elks and the other a procession of twenty-eight warriors on horse-back or walking beside their mounts. These main borders are supported by secondary borders woven with intricate detail.

The significance of this find cannot be underestimated since the design of the rug shows the basic arrangement in what is seen as standard carpet design, defined by a central field area and with supporting main and secondary border framing.



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