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Antique handmade oversized carpet No. 58775 Farahan, ca. 1880 Iran 21.8 x 11.9 feet

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Item Number: 58775
Name: Farahan, ca. 1880
Country of Origin: Iran
Size: 21.8 x 11.9 ft
Made: ca. 1880
Pile: wool
Design: geometric / allover
Ground Color: dark blue / navy / red
Remarks:
This is a unique handmade / hand-knotted / traditional oriental carpet

The pile of this carpet is made of wool

The main element of this carpet design is the Botteh pattern, and in its smaller version: Mir design, in the West known as Paisley design. The Botteh motif is depicted in the shape of a teardrop and represents fertility and eternal life. It is often found in carpets from Kerman in Iran, India, and antique Caucasian rugs. The word Botteh comes from the Persian word for bush.
Price (incl. VAT): US-$ 21,000

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More about the provenance Farahan, ca. 1880 | Iran

Farahan is an important carpet center and is located in the triangle Qum-Arak-Hamadan in Central Persia in a highland. Farahan's peak time was in the 18th century when Nadir Shah settled carpet makers here, therefore probably the high number of Herati- (Mahi-) designs in Farahan rugs. Most of the old Farahan carpets were made in Muskabad, which was destroyed completely at the end of the 19th century. That was also the time when Farahan rugs were extremely popular in England, being called the "Gentleman carpet". Their fundament is mostly quite thick and the pile is always made of first class wool. Old and antique Farahans are rare and very valuable rugs with subtle colors and designs.

This Farahan, ca. 1880 has a "Herati" or "Mahi" design (has its origin in Herat, ca. 16th century, short for "Mahi to Hos" meaning "fish in the pond"). A rosette is surrounded by a rhombus which is again surrounded by four bent leaves. The name "Mahi" meaning "fish" was given to this design because the leaves resemble swimming fish.



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