44939 - Superfine Persian Mashad 'Saber'
Mashad (in the province of Khorassan), North East of Iran (One of the most important and historical cities in Iran)
Kurk Wool and Mulberry Silk on Silk Foundation
245 x 327 cm
Many of the best carpets in the world are made in Iran, and many of the best carpets in Iran are made in Mashad, giving an idea of how important Mashad is as a carpet-weaving centre. At the turn of the 20th century there was a resurgence of grand, highly refined, carpet weaving in Mashad; Abbas-qoli Saber is one of the master weavers who pioneered the revival of workshops producing superior quality pieces. Saber was renowned for his skill and completed commissions both for Eastern and Western officials. The carpets he produced have a richness of palette, using the finest of wools, and are inspired from great classical carpets of the past.
Continuing traditions and attention to finesse, the Sabr workshop continues to make extraordinarily highly crafted pieces till today, such as this elegant Mashad Sabr that is woven with a floral Afshan "all-over" design, depicting peace and tranquility. Extremely delicate workmanship featuring beautiful lily palmettes architecturally connected with scrolling vines over a heavenly ivory field. Perfectly balanced in design and majestic in royal colours, the result is a perfect piece and a true work of art at its finest.