Acquiring this carpet is sufficient to lift any collection to museum level. This is a crucial missing link in connecting Safavid carpets to Qajar ones namely those woven in Tehran for the royal palaces. The Shah Abbas field of all over lotus flowers, palmettes, cloud bands and scrolling vinery takes the best of the 17th century Isfahan carpets and marries them with the Animal rugs of 16th century Kashan. The composition is highlighted with silk all across. The combination of burgundy field and emerald green border is indeed eye-catching.
The signature of Ostad Amir Kermani places it firmly in Kerman during the first half of the 19th century. It remains one of a handful of signed Master Artist carpets from that period. This carpet served as a prototype for Tehran carpets woven for the Qajar court in the 2nd half of the 1800s, all of which adopted its style but in simpler expression. The intensity of drawing, the richness of detailing, the utter complexity of pattern and lushness of the silk highlights.. all speak of one of the finest carpets in the world and one of the most collectible.
“I practically furnished my entire home with carpets from Hadi. The process was not only a joy but it was also a learning experience for me. Hadi was super helpful in identifying the right pieces for my home that would both work with my taste, budget, sizes required and that would be a good investment for my family. Hadi’s collection is second to none, and his knowledge and service is truly the blessing on top.” Amr Banaja, Public Investment Fund, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦
I first met Dr. Maktabi as a lecturer on carpet history and was captivated by his passion for the subject. Only later I knew him as a dealer, though even in our financial transactions, Hadi has been a gentle guide and friend. He has understood my taste and interests and made wonderful suggestions, but never in a pushy way. That is to say I have enjoyed working with him on several levels and wish to continue our excellent relations and dealings far into the future. A. Harvey Pincis, formerly Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah Museum (Kuwait), Latvia 🇱🇻
I have been buying and collecting oriental rugs for over 40 years. As a result I have had direct experiences with many dealers and galleries throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia. The Hadi Maktabi establishment is distinct and unique. It is rare to find a dealer who not only has a discerning taste and excellent choice of rugs. But with Hadi, the experience is one of an erudite oriental rug scholar paired with years of family experiences and traditions dealing in rugs, carpets and textiles. The available choices, diversity and quality of his stock is awesome. It is always a pleasure. Highly recommended and satisfying. As a collector he has become not only a partner of choice, knowledge and information but also a valued friend. Robert Bell, CEO Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, U.K. 🇬🇧