For a 100 years, bazar elders have spoken of the most exquisite Isfahan rugs of the Qajar era, referring to them by the mythical name of "Madar Vatan" which translates as "the mother of the nation". They all agree that this refers to a near mythical weaver whose carpets were so fine and exalted that they captured the very essence of the motherland. As a scholar I searched long and hard for evidence but none appeared. Then one day I bought this carpet for its beautiful blue tones and majestic flowering vase design. The inscription is in mirror writing, so upon inspecting its back I was amazed to read: "MADAR VATAN SAMAD ZADEH". So the legend was real and she existed! The last two words mean "child of Samad". Further research showed that she was the daughter of the world famous master weaver Abdol Samad, whose similarly executed landscape scenes are found on this website and in the Carpet Museum of Iran.
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 🇱🇧
The idea of purchasing valuable rugs and other artwork online from an overseas seller is daunting for several reasons, not least of which is the fact that, not being able to examine and feel the rug for yourself, you are never entirely certain that the origin, age or condition of the rug corresponds with the dealer’s description. For me, I could never take this step unless I had absolute trust in the integrity of the dealer, and my recent experience with Hadi confirms that my faith in him was well placed. Every detail of the antique rug expertly explained by Hadi was accurate and when I finally received the actual rug, it turned out to be even more stunning than his photos depicted. F. Alsagoff, Singapore
Hadi Maktabi and his staff provide comprehensive and thoughtful services to collectors and textile buyers worldwide. His knowledge of antique oriental rugs and textiles, including many fine offerings from the Levant, is unsurpassed. We have been loyal customers for over five years and have visited his Beirut premises. He has worked with us upon several occasions to select the exact Ottoman and Levantine pieces we wanted for our collection. You can be sure of quality and honesty when dealing with Hadi. Penelope and Timothy Hays, Just In From The East Collection, Florida 🇺🇸