Alter Mashad Saber
132 cm x 105 cm
Floral Alter Mashad Saber, beige with Medaillon and garden of paradise pattern
|Place of origin|
|Size||132 cm x 105 cm (= 1.39 qm)|
Weft & Warp: cotton
|Year of manufacture||1940|
|Coloring||beige, yellow beige|
Place of origin
In the eastern part of Persia lies the region of Khorasan (Land of the Rising Sun) with the capital city of Meshad (also known as Mashhed). Originally, the Timurid capital city, Herat, which is now in Afghanistan, was also part of this area. The typical patterns, introduced in the 19th and 20th centuries, consist of small elements that repeat endlessly and sometimes have medallions.
This special Meshad is a so-called Saber rug. Master knotter Saber worked together with the Amoghli brothers, another well-known workshop in Meshad, until about 1940. From 1940 onwards, however, Saber produced extremely fine rugs in his own workshop. Since he produced much smaller quantities than the Amoghli brothers, his pieces are much rarer and much sought-after today. Based on a contract with Saber and his family before his death in 1977, Saber rugs are still knotted by Master Bazmi. This old Mashad Saber is more than 40 years old and a true collector's item.
This Mashad Saber is adorned with a dreamlike paradise garden motif. The paradise garden motif is typical of the safawidian era. Paradise Garden rugs are embellished with a stylized, geometric representation of a traditional Persian garden with delicate plants and trees. The Greek word "paradeisos" comes from the Middle Persian word "pardēs". Originally the term referred to Persian royal gardens and only in the biblical context did it acquire the connotation of the garden of God. These fertile and artistic royal gardens housed various exotic plants and animals. They were surrounded by a wall, symbolic of the separation between heaven and earth. Traditional Persian Gardens of Paradise were rectangular, with a river or other body of water running from north to south and from east to west, forming a cross dividing the garden into four sections. The representation of water, which is extremely precious in arid regions, also plays a prominent role in rugs depicting paradise gardens.
The background of this Mashad Saber is beige. The light green center combines the colors light red and blue gray.
You are not the first to appreciate this Mashad Saber. It has had owners before you who have cherished and used it. It was hand knotted about 1940. It has been thoroughly cleaned and only partially restored condition but is in good condition. We have not completely restored this Mashad Saber because we think it is as it is effect. If you would like, we will of course restore the rug further for you. We can restore almost any rug to an almost perfect condition.
The pile of this Mashad Saber has been hand-knotted from high-quality virgin wool. Virgin wool is obtained through the gentle shearing of sheep. Virgin wool is a sustainable, natural raw material with a number of impressive properties; due to the wool's natural fat content, the surface repels water droplets and is thus naturally impervious to dirt. Wool also offers excellent thermal insulation, has a regulating effect on living climate and muffles sound. The weft and warp threads of this Mashad Saber are made of cotton. This versatile material is tear-resistant and stretchable and, therefore, ideal for a durable backing fabric.