Seirafian Isfahan carpet, Persian, signed by S Seirafian

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Object Description

A rare antique Seirafian carpet in exceptional original condition with a very high kurk wool pile height. This remarkable carpet is woven on a silk foundation, and this carpet has no damage or repairs of any kind having spent its life hanging on a wall.  As a work of art it has been treated as such, with the silk fringes all complete and beautiful dyes.  This Isfahan has been signed S Seirafian and has been verified by the original Seirafian carpet workshop.  As we have contacted them to validate the carpets signature and authenticity, which they agree is genuine and dating from the mid 20th Century.  As often with the finest examples of fine silk and wool weavings there were copies made and signatures were faked.  Please view all the additional images which are quite astounding, the detail of the horseman and animals are utterly beautiful! There is a lot of variation in the dyes too, which is known as ‘Abrash’ which means dye change.  This adds even more character and interest to this 70-80 year old work of art.

This exceptional carpet was woven by the late Master Seirafian’s son’s workshop – Master Sadegh Seirafian, who lived between 1922 and 2005 was also a great contributor to Haj Agha Reza Seirafian’s business empire. After graduating from high school, the Late Sadegh went straight to carpet weaving business. He was very insightful and creative in every work he did for the company. The Late Sadegh Seirafian, thus, decided to produce his own carpets while working at his father’s store. His carpets carry a signature of his name S Seirafian.

Isfahan is situated virtually in the centre of Iran, and was once the capital city. The rugs are woven in the city itself and the surrounding villages. Starting in the early 17th century, their name was renowned throughout Europe – this has continued to the present day. Although rug making was interrupted by the Afghan invasion, it quickly re-established itself as a major centre for the finest handmade carpets.  This example show cases why Isfahan are famous for weaving the most detailed, beautiful fine carpets.

Please contact us to request a home visit to see this rare Isfahan carpet at home or to arrange an appointment to view it at our showroom in Crondall, Surrey.

Object History

The Late Master Haj Agha Reza Seirafian (1881-1975), the founder of Seirafian Carpet, had been, at first, a highly reputable private banker in Esfahan; but his enthusiasm in this career did not hampered his love of genuine carpet. This deep-rooted love inspired him to open a new chapter in the history of weaving, with one aim to produce the finest quality rugs with intricate floral designs using wool and silk.  He set out to produce the best rugs with the finest materials and weave the tightest weave, by using the best weavers he paid them the most too which annoyed other workshops considerably! With Seirafian rugs comes a great history with his son Mohammad joining his business it continued so his sons and grandsons continued the tradition, the rugs even got finer over the years.  The real masters of Isfahan rugs and increasingly collectable today.

Object Condition

In perfect original condition from a private collection.

Object Details

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