Tudeshk is a tiny village situated halfway along the 300 km long old Isfahan - Nain highway. During the second quarter of the 20th century carpets were made there that were markedly finer and more majestic than their legendary counterparts in Isfahan itself or Kashan. For a period of two decades or so some of the finest Persian carpets came out of Tudeshk. This ended when an earthquake struck in 1957 after which its weavers migrated to Nain and set up carpet production there.
This magnificent carpet belongs to the middle period of Tudeshk weaving when they shifted to a denser knotting with higher knot count, and incorporated silk highlights. It is older than the later ones with whiter tonality.
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 🇱🇻
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 🇱🇧
“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 🇸🇦