ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART III
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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12. 
Tabriz Hajijalili Carpet
Northwest Persia
Circa 1880
271 x 188 cm (8’11” x 6’2”)


Notes: Symmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
The revival of the Persian carpet tradition took place during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, guided principally by the Tabriz merchants, who developed what was basically a small cottage industry into a large scale workshop production. The finest Tabriz carpets of that period are labeled ‘Hajijalili’, after the name of a near mythical masterweaver, and are often identified by a distinctly subtle colouration of muted tones of red, ivory and gold.
In this refined example of rare format, the design is composed of a large ivory cartouche containing an emerald green polylobed medallion with pendants decorated by a eight-lobed star medallion on a herati field, the quarters of which adorn the corner spandrels. Tabriz carpets of such vintage are highly sought today for their elegant sobriety.

 



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