Persian Nain Rug (Touhdeshk )

Description of Design and History 

Nain is a town of central Iran. From the 1930’s, very densely knotted rugs were woven in Nain . Designs are similar to Isfahans or are based on Safavid models. Foundations are cotton or silk. Motifs are highlighted with outlines of ivory silk in wool pile rugs. Some notable twentieth-century weaver-designers of Nain include Habibian and Mofidi. Under the Pahlavi emperors, the central Persian city of Nain became one of the great weaving centers of Persia. Nain rugs are justifiably admired for their superb technical quality, outstanding draughtsman ship and distinctive palette. This example has cream ground on which is arranged and extraordinarily complex system of floral arabesques, each flower head drawn in minute detail and beautifully colored. The field is perfectly balanced by the cream main border, which contains a stylized palmetto meander and is flanked by six blue and red ground guards containing floral repeats. A very attractive example in excellent condition of one of the major groups of 20th century Persian carpets. A top quality Nain, tousdeshk in the characteristic style of today.

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