Very Fine Persian Nain Carpet – Signed

Rug #2563
Size: 373 x 272 cm / 12.2 x 8.9 ft
Handwoven in: 

Very Fine Signed Nain Silk and Wool Central Medallion Carpet
Colours: Light complexion on Ivory base with Navy, Pastel Blue and Burgundy accents


An Exceptionally Fine Persian Nain Carpet, Central Persia, fine wool  and silk on Cotton

Mid 20th Century

The ivory field with a central circular floral ‘architectural’ medallion encircled by a flowering vine surround, supported by single layered curvilinear scrolling tendrils issuing palmettes, flower heads and ending in curled hooked leaves, blue and ivory spandrels, within an ivory border enclosing continuous palmettes linked by scrolling curvilinear tendrils issuing flower heads ending in curled serrated leaves.

The city of Nain is a relatively recently established centre for the production of decorative furnishing carpets and rugs 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 and rugs, partly due to the close proximity to Esfahan, an historically important centre for the production of technically fine and highly decorative rugs with a tradition of carpet making dating back to the 16th Century. It is inevitable that much of Nain pattern repertoire would be hugely influenced by established Esfahan workmanship, and traditional Classical 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 and ivory are primarily present, and ivory silk is frequently used as a ‘highlighting’ material to enhance the visual appearance of their rugs and carpets. Central medallion formats are a major part of their design repertoire, though all over repeat patterns are also prevalent. Nain is generally accepted as a leading centre in Iran for the weaving of technically fine, highly decorative carpets.

This Persian Nain carpet presents a central floral medallion inspired by an architectural feature as seen as decoration adorning the interior domes of ancient mosques made from tin glazed tiles. Such architectural influences are often seen in fine Persian Nain carpet compositions. The supporting pattern details are based upon traditional urban work shop designs dating from the 17th Century Safavid era. These traditional Classical palmette and vine patterns are often multi planed with highly detailed pattern drawing. In this case, the supporting palmette and vine decoration is presented as a single plane which gives an overall open fluid appearance enhanced by the symmetry of the design on both the horizontal and vertical axis. The border pattern displays a similar flowing palmette and vine pattern, enhancing the overall visual appearance of this Persian Nain carpet. Silk highlights framing pattern details, further enhance the visual impact and flow of this sophisticated and highly decorative Persian Nain rug design.

This is an exceptionally finely knotted example, displaying the very best of Nain technical talent. Typically the colours are from what can now be recognised as a characteristic Nain palette, and displays the bear minimum of colour tones with shades of deep and pale blue used to great artistic effect to create a visual master piece to compliment the technical excellence present. Every element of the design flows beautifully with soft curved elements not just reminiscent of classical Persian tradition but executed to consummate artistic effect to emphasise the sheer beauty and harmony of the composition. This exceptionally finely handmade Persian Nain carpet is clearly the work of some of the most experienced Persian Nain carpet weavers.




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