PAIR OF ANTIQUE PERSIAN MOHTASHEM SILK KASHAN RUGS. 2 ft 7 in x 2 ft (0.79 m x 0.61 m) + 2 ft 8 in x 2 ft 2 in (0.81 m x 0.66 m).
Antique Persian Mohtashem Silk Kashan Rug, Origin: Persia, Circa: Last Quarter of the 19th Century – This marvelous antique Persian Mohtashem Kashan rug features robust colors, sumptuous materials and elegant floral designs that have a bold, well-defined style. Robust burgundy reds, ochre yellows and soothing blues are expertly juxtaposed in this exquisite carpet from the elusive looms of Kashan’s most famous workshop. In a classical Mohtashem fashion, the beautifully appointed field on this antique rug displays a superb inset-lozenge medallion filled with heavy floral decorations. Lavish polychrome blossoms and stylized botanical motifs adorn the graceful medallion centerpiece and elegant contrasting segments that radiate across the field. Charming contrasting accents embolden the articulated vine scrolls and unfurling palmettes while giving them a presence that surpasses their fragile features. Exquisite burgundy-red borders filled with reciprocating floral motifs frame the richly colored field and impart a sense of whimsy linked to Persia’s humble village designs.
Antique Persian Mohtashem Silk Kashan Rug, Origin: Persia, Circa: Last Quarter of the 19th Century – From the rich colors and impeccable composition to the great attention to detail, this artful antique Mohtashem rug from Kashan epitomizes the style and finesse of great Persian designs. This handsome antique rug is a com-positional masterpiece on an impressively diminutive scale. The lavishly styled field focuses on a spectacular inset-lozenge medallion. This grand pendant-flanked lozenge is surrounded by flamboyant floral decorations set over a robust contrasting background that emphasizes the elegant juxtaposition of color. Bold outlines and rich colors skillfully highlight the decorative features and nuanced details that enhance each individual flower and articulated vine scroll. The flamboyant floral decorations are balanced by delicate vine-scroll borders and tiny florets that reflect the intense jewel tones, buttery yellows, mulberry purples and aqua blues that appear throughout the classically Persian composition.
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