183 cm x 112 cm
Floral Isfahan, light brown with border, Medaillon and signature
|Place of origin|
|Size||183 cm x 112 cm (= 2.05 qm)|
|Material||Tuft: cork wool with pure silk|
Warp: pure silk
|Year of manufacture||1970|
|Coloring||light brown, gray|
Place of origin
The city of Isfahan is one of the architectural pearls of the Islamic world. Its artistic tradition, the historical townscape and the unique architecture is attributed to the Safavid dynasty and especially to Shah Abbas. Floral motives are typical elements in the pattern of Isfahan rugs. Designs of four way or longitudinally 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 usually more than 15 shades, the Isfahan is very colorful. The borders are often green-blue and decorated with flower tendrils and palmettes.
The fineness of Isfahan knots is measured through cheft in Iran. 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 rather discreetly knotted inscription in Persian characters at the lower edge, known as the signature. The manufacturer's name, the name of the place of origin, Isfahan, and often also the country of origin, either as the word Iran or the Iranian national flag in green, white and red make up the signature.
Rugs from the Seirafian manufactory are particularly popular. The late master weaver Haj Agha Reza Seirafian lived between 1881 and 1975 and is recognized today 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 based on Haj Agha Reza Seirafian's designs and models.
The luxuriant flower motifs of this Isfahan 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 excellent contrast to the center.
In the middle of the central field of this Isfahan 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.
A special highlight of this Isfahan is its signature. The signature documents the production in one of the most renowned weaving workshops in Isfahan. The signature in Arabic characters is an expression of the individuality and noble origin of this rug.
The background of this Isfahan is light brown. The border features light brown, blue gray and gray. The dark blue center combines the colors light brown and light blue.
You are not the first to appreciate this Isfahan. It has had owners before you who have cherished and used it. It was hand knotted about 1970. We have cleaned it thoroughly and restored it lovingly. Therefore it is in very good condition despite its age.
The pile of this Isfahan has been hand-knotted from cork wool and silk. Cork wool is a particularly fine, almost velvety knotting yarn. Cork wool is taken from the neck, belly and the insides of the legs of the sheep and is of particularly high quality. The pattern of this Isfahan is highlighted with shiny pure silk, which is manually extracted from the cocoons of the silk moth. The silk elements create a shimmering contrast and let the colors, depending on the lighting, shine in different facets. The weft threads of this cotton consist of [Material Schuss]. For the warp threads pure silk was used.