|Azerbaijan Province , Northwest Persia , late 19th Century|
In this carpet the " bookcover " rust field is well filled with a wide variety of floral elements and is centered by a navy twelve point medallion and matching pendants. Palmettes and cloudbands are unusual corner decorations. The very attractive rust main border has a classic version of the in-and-out turtle palmette, rosette and lancet leaf pattern. The ivory guards employ the "Zanbaki " rosette and diagonally sectioned palmette familiar from Bidjar weaving.
The erect pile is clipped very short and has a crisp, brushy character. The wool is locally sourced from the tribes in the neighboring Maku district. The foundation is all cotton and the weave is quite fine. The rust and navy colour combination is characteristic of Hadji-Jalili Tabriz carpets and scatters. The pale greens and yellows, the secondary medium blue, and the beige-ivory are considered today extremely decorative. Tabriz carpets are the only fully urban weaving to have this versatile palette.
It is a ready accompaniment to a formal decor, but it works surprisingly well with ultra modern as a comfortable contrast.
|Hadji-Jalili Tabriz carpets were woven from the 1870's until the late 19th century and represent the highest carpet quality from the urban workshops of that industrious city. Always perfectly drawn with professionally dyed tonalities and exactly executed knotting. On cotton foundation, the Hadji-Jalili pieces emphasized variants on the medallion and corners layout.|
Tabriz rugs are always perfectly balanced and symmetrical. The weavers work from detailed, knot-for-knot cartoons and exact placement of elements in a complex overall layout is paramount. This carpet is a fine antique example of this exactitude and precision.
The dyes are professionally applied and there is a variety of secondary tones that only a close examination will reveal.
|Item Condition:||Our carpet has slight overall wear, producing a desirable knot beading effect. This makes a genuinely old rug seem that way. Tabriz carpets actually look better when they have just the right amount of wear. They "loosen up" so to speak and trade perfection for aesthetic and articulation of pattern. Our carpet has exactly this sort of character.|
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