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Calligraphic Mohtasham

Calligraphic Mohtasham

  • Number 91

  • Type Workshop

  • Material Wool

  • Style Medallion

  • Origin Kashan

  • Size 197 x 136

  • Age 1870


For lovers of the oldest Persian carpets, this is magic. It stands on the cusp of that delicate transition from high grade Farahan weaving in the 1850s and the launch of the Mohtasham school in Kashan in the 1870s. Which is it? I find it really hard to tell. I've only seen 2 other rugs with this blend of Mohtasham-like soft wool and mesmerizing dyes and the floppier handle of the older and more supple Farahan rugs. Regardless, as Shakespeare says, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

The calligraphic border is a tour de force, impeccable and arresting. The blues sparkle, especially the ton sur ton combo of midnight and sky blues. There is grace and skill at every turn: the mathematically precise border, the beautifully crenellated indigo frame around the ivory field, the perfection of the Nastaliq script and the sense of balance and symmetry throughout.

In short, one of the best Persian carpets I have ever seen.

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