This carpet is woven from exactly the same cartoon as a pure silk rug signed by the elusive master weaver Molla Mohammad Hasan Mohtasham, currently in a private German collection. This leads us to conclude, given its remarkable finesse and above all the stunning 🤩 softness of the Kork wool, that this masterpiece was woven in the Mohtasham workshop. It is not a 'school of Mohtasham' weave but the real deal 👌
Depicted we see Nader Shah Afshar enthroned and giving audience. A cartouche above his head states his name and informs us that the carpet was commissioned by a certain Hajji Mirza, in itself another clue that this was an order from the famous master himself.
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 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 must say this one of the most enriching carpet purchase experiences I ever had. This was not a mere transaction but more an experience about art and history. Dr Maktabi's experience and knowledge in this space is second to none. Highly recommended! R.A., Doha, Qatar