Carpet pairs have been considered the ultimate collectibles in Persia for generations. Among major production centers, Tehran pairs are far rarer and harder to find than those of Kashan, Isfahan, Tabriz and Kerman.
This pair is equally sublime and sweet, relying on soft tones and elegant drawing. A majestic flowering vase is buoyantly upheld by a dense and richly ornamented landscape of blossoming vegetation. This rich garden is topped by a serene sky blue mihrab niche. Interestingly, the border reflects the same style and tones of the interior, which is a rare feature on any type of carpet.
The most desirable natural dyes are on display: pinks, greens, yellows, beiges and light blues. There is a very noticeable absence of indigo and burgundy, the two most dominant tones on classical Persian carpets.
Both rugs in the pair survive in excellent and perfect condition and have been together since the XIX Century. They are ravishingly beautiful and indisputably collectible. Yum.
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 🇭🇰
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