Old Isfahan Seirafian
242 cm x 146 cm
Floral Old Isfahan Seirafian, dark blue with border and Medaillon
|Place of origin|
|Size||242 cm x 146 cm (= 3.53 qm)|
|Material||Flor: cork wool|
Weft & Warp: pure silk
|Year of manufacture||1940|
|Coloring||dark blue, rusty red|
Place of origin
The city of Isfahan is one of the architectural pearls of the Islamic world. Its artistic tradition, historical townscape and the unique architecture is attributed to the Safavid dynasty and especially to Shah Abbas. Floral motifs are characteristic of the pattern of Isfahan rugs. Four way or longitudinal symmetrical designs with a medallion in the middle surrounded by arabesques, flowers or birds are very common. The basic color is usually classic red, but bright blue and light beige are also common. With mostly more than 15 shades, the Isfahan is very colorful. The borders are often green-blue and decorated with flower shoots and palmettes.
The fineness of the Isfahan knots in Iran is indicated by cheft. Cheft are fine, mostly blue vertical lines on the lower cross weave edges. The closer the lines, the finer the weave.
Even today, many Isfahan rugs bear a discreetly knotted inscription in Persian characters at the lower edge, known as the signature. The manufacturer's name, the name of the origin, Isfahan, and often also the country of origin, either as the word Iran or the Iranian national flag in green, white and red comprise the signature.
Rugs, which, like this Isfahan, are from the Seirafian manufactory are very popular. The late master weaver Haj Agha Reza Seirafian lived between 1881 and 1975 and is today regarded as the creator of the famous Seirafian rugs. Haj Agha Reza was a private banker in Isfahan before turning to rug production. The Seirafian family still produces rugs according to Haj Agha Reza Seirafian's patterns and designs. This old Isfahan Seirafian is more than 40 years old and a true collector's item.
The luxuriant flower motifs of this Isfahan Seirafian are elegant and varied. The graceful vegetative symbols representing flowers, leaves and branches are artfully intertwined.
The edge of the rug is decorated with an edging (border). The border forms a beautiful contrast to the center.
In the middle of the central field of this Isfahan Seirafian is the symmetrical center, also called medallion. The design of the field is arranged in such a way that it gives the impression that the medallion is floating on the field.
The background of this Isfahan Seirafian is dark blue. The border features rusty red and beige. The dark blue center combines the colors off white and dark red.
This Isfahan Seirafian has a story. It was hand knotted about 1940. We have cleaned it thoroughly and restored it lovingly. Therefore it is in very good condition despite its age.
The pile of this Isfahan Seirafian has been woven from so-called cork wool. Cork wool is a very fine thread, almost velvety to the touch. Cork wool is obtained from the neck, belly and inner sides of the sheep's legs and is of particularly high quality. In this Isfahan Seirafian even the background is made of pure silk. Due to the thin but durable material of the weft and warp threads, a particularly fine knotting and, therefore, a particularly fine pattern is feasible.