This remarkable carpet depicts a famous scene from Persian legend as narrated in the epic poem, the Shahnameh. The hero Rostam faces off against his enemies including the villainous Ashkabous. The beautiful border is ornate with calligraphic poetry. Six signature cartouches in total explain that the artwork was especially commissioned by Mirza Ali Akbar Tabrizi as a gift, along with the inscription "Mobarak Bad". The Manchester Kork wool and fine weave, along with the choice of vegetable dyes, are hallmarks of the fabled Mohtasham workshop.
You can't only be a customer of Hadi Maktabi. While his main purpose is rug dealing, he starts with story telling and ends with history selling. That's what I call high-end art curating and closing it all with an entertaining friendship. George El Hani, CEO Levica, Lebanon 🇱🇧
“You don’t just buy a rug from Dr Maktabi... It’s an experience, a rich one! You learn about history, culture & art. And more importantly you feel euphoric!” Dr Siamak Abolhassani, Expert Medical Care Clinics, Victoria, Australia 🇦🇺
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 🇱🇻