U-2080 - Antique Persian Tabriz Rug
13ft 03in X 20ft 05in
The tradition of animals in a dense forest as a Persian carpet design goes back to the sixteenth century and is one of the main inspirations in the revival of rug weaving in Iran, especially Tabriz in the northwest, beginning in the later nineteenth century. The subdued greyish mauve ground is inhabited by a veritable menagerie of wild beasts: lions, dromedary camels, bears, gazelles, cranes beavers, rabbits and tree climbing leopards. The designers were obviously working from illustrated books on animals. The beaver is not native to Persia, but is purely North American. The fauna cavort, climb, rest and stalk in a forest of flowering trees, palmettes, vines, shrubs and rosettes. The straw yellow main border continues the wild beast theme with panthers and wild asses among lancet leaves, complex palmettes and elaborate rosettes. Animal combats, frequent in other “Paradise Park” carpets, are absent here. As with Tabriz carpets of this period generally, the pile is short and erect, the weave is quite close and the foundation is all cotton.