Twentieth century Tabriz carpets were strongly influenced by earlier Persian classical rugs published in numerous books beginning in 1892.One of the most popular early types were the " Vase " carpets of Kerman in S.E. Persia.There were named after the small vases which appeared along with a variety of different coloured palmettes in a multi layered lozenge trellis layout.Often there are as here,four distinct levels of tracery.The spaces between palmettes are filled with various flowering plants or floral sprays.
This carpet has a design adapted from a 17th century rug in the Vienna Applied Arts Museum.The yellow ivory field has a main two layer lattice with a variety of palmettes,some with smooth edges,some more jagged.All the palmettes are diagonally oriented.Third,and an even thinner fourth,lattice with their own specific palmettes and floral types add to the complex pattern.Dark blue,rust,yellow,blue green,light red,light orange and pale green are among the accent colours.There is only one vase at the center near the bottom of the field.
The rust border continues the classical theme with broad strapwork arabesques of navy and ivory crossing over one another and enclosing volute palmettes.The inner border displays cartouches,and the outer has rosettes and palmettes.The proportions of this carpet differs from the longer originals,but the pattern is still in the same scale and complexity.This carpet,like almost all Tabriz carpets is on a cotton foundation and is symmetrically knotted in a medium weave.The pile is upright and was always clipped short.It is relatively even with some high and low areas in there.The solid weave and firm wool promise plenty of future use.Since classical carpets in this style are totally unavailable,anyone seeking true traditional character would be well advised to consider this c.1920 Tabriz.The soft colours work well with any interiors,even the most contemporary.For further information please email us or call us at 212-268-5876.
1920's Tabriz Carpet 11.3x8.5 , Azerbaijan Province , Northwest Persia