Persian Tabriz Carpet persian

Description of Design and History 

The general design approach, composition and tonality of this carpet proved so popular that almost identical works were produced in both Kashan and Isfahan; they nevertheless represent an inherently Tabrizi style. This presumably derives from a combination of a classic prototype of the two Ardabil Carpets (in the Victoria and Albert Musuem and the Los Angeles County Musuem) with a typical Tabriz adjustments in the response to prevailing Western decorative tastes of the Twentieth Century. An eight-lobed medallion mixing pastel greens, eggshell blue and soft brown with the inevitable dark indigo blue, with ornamental pendant lamp motifs extending vertically is undoubtedly a simplified, updated version of the vast Ardabil medallion construction. Four large corner palmettes make for an interesting diagonal compositional effect within the varied palmette-and-leaf secondary pattern that covers the mid-red ground. The drawing of this stem-lattice is fine and accomplished, recalling that of Isfahans from this period. An undulating vine scroll and “Abbasi” palmette main border is given a dense ornamental character by the two primrose-yellow minor borders of polychrome rosettes and arabesques.

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