A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

silk mohtasham rug
central persia
circa 1880
220 x 140 cm (7'3" x 4'7")

Notes: asymmetrically knotted silk pile on a silk foundation
The very few rugs that can be attributed to the masterweaver Mohtasham are distinguished by aesthetic and structural characteristics that set them apart from other Persian weavings, one of which is the slightly rectilinear, almost calligraphic quality of the design. The rugs of Mohtasham are almost invariably woven with a soft kork wool, and only very rarely silk - such as in this example, when the especially refined and complex designed demanded its use. The use of silk also gives the rug an extraordinary tactile quality.
Bibliography: S.U. Azadi, 'Kashan Mohtasham', Ghereh, no. 23 (Turin, Spring 2000): 9-19.



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