Central Persia late 19th century size approximately 7ft. 2in. x 9ft. 8in.
The city of Kashan has been an important weaving center in Persia for over 400 years. According to carpet lore, in the late 19th. Century, the Mohtsham family workshop produced the finest carpets in the city of Kashan. To date, there are only two known rugs that are signed "Mohtasham" (Re: Azadi, S.U. "Mohtasham Kasha" Gereh issue 24, pp. 23-33) This establishes that there was a weaver or workshop called Mohtasham.
The word Mohtasham Means "fine" or "most noble" in Persian. The lustrous wool, balanced design, fine weave and variety of color offered in the carpets here epitomizes the highest quality of carpets woven in Kashan during the 19th. Century. Over time, carpets of this quality have been known as "Mohtasham". The symmetrical and intricate design of this carpet, based on its Safavid predecessors, demonstrates the superlative techniques of the Persian Workshop weavers. Combining the use of soft almost silk-like Manchester wool dyed in luminous colors, the design is rendered meticulously through fine weaving. In near original condition, the carpet offered here is a visual and tactile master piece deserving the name "Mohtasham".
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