Size 27 x 26 each
Exquisite. A tribal collector's dream, this pair of ultra ultra fine 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘩 vanity bags take my breath away every time I get them out of the chest to look at them. They were woven with love and affection, most likely as a dowry piece by a young bride. The long tassels are beautifully braided with fluffy pompoms. The sumakh flat weave is boisterous in its energetic colors, a testament to the awesomeness of the natural organic dyes and the fantastic good taste with which they were chosen. At first sight they looked Shahsavan to me but the structure felt Qashqai. Later on I learnt they belong to a group of Shahsavan folk who migrated southwards and dwelled among the Qashqai, thus explaining the fusion of style and structure. They are known as Baghdadi for some reason in the old trade.
To me personally there is no surprise, event or frankly anything that gets me more excited than the purchase of a treasured piece of understated artwork such as that of a proper vintage/antique carpet. The sourcing, grading and authentication of these pieces is no small task but is of the highest importance. Through the respected dealer Hadi Maktabi all that is guaranteed, and rest assured the one thing I can guarantee personally as a client is a first class service from the initial selection process till it gets delivered right to your door step. It was an undeniably special experience, with hundreds of carpets to choose from, will definitely be visiting again. Thank you dear Hadi. Habeeb Al Monawer, Kuwait 🇰🇼
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 🇱🇻
As a carpet collector of 30 years, I have noticed a decline in the amount of truly unique and high quality carpets on the market. I have also noted a decline in the knowledge of merchants, generally. Hadi Maktabi stands against this trend as a both a curator for and an educator of his clients. His offerings are well-researched, museum quality carpets that are both singular and expertly chosen. In dealing with Hadi, I have experienced excellent communication, a high standard of service and extremely pleasant interactions. Warren D., Hong Kong 🇭🇰