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Tehran Nour Ali Shah

Tehran Nour Ali Shah

  • Number 69pon

  • Type Workshop

  • Material Wool

  • Style Pictorial

  • Origin Tehran

  • Size 49 x 77

  • Age 1880


The royal looms of Qajar Tehran almost never produced pictorial rugs, this horizontally shaped tableau a notable exception. It depicts the legendary 18th century folk hero, the Sufi leader Nour Ali Shah with his scepter, camel hair felt cap (Taj) and begging bowl (Kashkul). He is seated in a natural landscape, portrayed as one in nature and deliberately juxtaposed with a rich palatial mansion. Bands of medieval Persian poetry run around the border. A unique work of art from a bygone age.

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