The exceptional artistry and gorgeous colors of this masterpiece are the works of one of the most famous carpet masters in history. This antique Persian Tabriz rug is the work of master rug weaver Haji Jalili and was created around the 1880’s. It is in pristine condition and represents an important piece of carpet history. Let’s find out the story that this beautiful small scatter rug has to tell.
The story of this antique rug begins in the 15th and 16th centuries during the Safavid Dynasty. During this time, Persia became known for producing some of the most beautiful area carpets in the world. They became centers of the carpet weaving industry, and these Persian rugs were highly prized around the globe. In the early 1700s, the Safavid Dynasty fell, and the carpet industry went into a long period of decline.
In the late 1800’s, three Persian carpet designers decided to attempt to revive the industry. These masters were Kurban Dai, Sheik Safi, and Haji Jalili. Their designs celebrated the past, but they were also influenced by popular Romantic art designs throughout Europe. The result was simply breathtaking, as you can see from this piece.
The rugs of Haji Jalili are considered among the best of the best, and for good reason. This design not only plays with color and contrast. It also incorporates the elements of scale and pattern density to create a three-dimensional effect. It looks as if the central medallion is further away, giving it the impression of a prayer niche in a mosque. The central medallion rug design is a reflection of the reflecting pools that were once found in the formal gardens of the Persian courts.
This antique Persian Tabriz rug stands out in its detail and precision. Haji Jalili was able to capture the grandeur and elegance of the Court carpets of centuries past. Owning a Haji Jalili is a privilege, particularly one of this fine quality. His carpet works were located in the city of Tabriz, which is a city that was the home of the original carpet weaving centers during the Golden Age of Persian Weaving. His designs are an important piece of cultural heritage, and he is an undisputed master of the craft. This is a rare find and will be the pinnacle of any carpet collection.