Understated c. 1930s Kashan Carpet, Signed

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Understated c. 1930s Kashan Carpet, Signed
5.40 x 3.40 metres

The city of Kashan, among the best-known and highly-ranked Persian rug-weaving centres, first rose to prominence in the 16th Century, under the Safavid Dynasty. These workshops earned a reputation for creating many of the most highly sought-after rugs of the Classical period and continued their work into the early 20th Century.

A high-category Kashan workshop weaving, dating to the 1930s, featuring simplified design characteristics of earlier 17th Century pieces, and bearing the signature of a well-known masterweaver of its era. Judging by its creative, yet discreet, use of colour, as well as its provenance, this carpet was possibly a special commission, intended for the European market. Its delicate all-over drawing employs soft ivory and ochre tones, over a rare muted cornflower blue ground, all in gracefully aged vegetable dyes. One especially attractive feature is the uniformity of colour across the wide border and the central field, rather than the conventional stark contrast – a well-balanced, elegant composition, which gives the work a strikingly modern feel.

Retained in very good condition for everyday use, with its outer borders and short fringes well preserved on all sides.

A timeless example, rare in this large format, with an understated elegance that would lend itself to any setting.

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