Persian Isfahan Carpets

The city of Isfahan is located in the centre of Iran at the foothills of the Zagros mountain range, it has a rich history in carpet production and in the reign of Malik-Shah I and later Shah Abbas the Great, Isfahan was selected as the capital city of Persia (Iran). The history of rug making in Isfahan has been interrupted on several occasions, mainly due to military occupation and invasion. Also spelled and pronounced Ispahan, Sepahan, Esfahan or Hispahan the city reached its pinnacle during the Safavid dynasty (1501–1736), particularly under Shab Abbas' rule, where there was a renaissance of art throughout Persia, centring around the cultural city. Throughout the ages many cultures have settled in Isfahan, and to this day the cosmopolitan city is awash with intricate artwork, stunning mosques, bridges, palaces and world famous architecture. Aside from architecture and fine carpets, Isfahan is well known for its textiles, fine art, steel, handicrafts, metal-workings, as well as traditional food and sweets.

Isfahan rugs are of an excellent quality, using soft kork wool (often with silk details or foundations) and a very tightly woven pile. The rugs woven in this city are perhaps the best and most valuable in the world as a whole. The most popular design is a central medallion surrounded by vines or flowers which are usually red, blue or indigo on an ivory background. Other popular design elements and motifs include vase, garden and tree of life designs, Shah Abbasi motifs, and pictorial pieces. The inspiration for the rugs' design comes from traditional motifs and patterns, nature, poetry and the great poets, but also from the rich architectural history of the city; the famous mosque of Shah Lutf Allah being a particular muse for many of the rugs created in this great city.


Some of the World's most expensive rugs have hailed from Isfahan. A Polonaise Safavid era Isfahan rug woven in silk, wool and metal-thread sold at Sotheby's in 2009 for $4.3m. The rug is the 9th most expensive rug in the world. Another Safavid era rug part of the Doris Duke collection sold at Christies in 2008 for $4.45m.

 

Persian Isfahan Fine Wool Carpet

 

Persian Isfahan Fine Wool Carpet

 

Persian Isfahan Fine Wool Carpet

 

Persian Isfahan Super Fine Silk Carpet

 

Persian Isfahan Super Fine Silk Carpet

 

Persian Isfahan Super Fine Silk Carpet

 

Persian Isfahan Super Fine Silk Carpet

 

Persian Isfahan Super Fine Silk Carpet

 

Persian Isfahan Fine Wool Carpet

 

Persian Isfahan Fine Wool Carpet

 

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