An antique Kashan, circa 1900s, Number 850319-197x133cm

What elevates an extraordinary Persian rug far beyond its peers, transforming it into a true work of art, is not just the density of its knots, the quality of its materials, or even the weaver's ability to craft consistent knots. Indeed, once a weaver completes their first rug, mastering the knotting technique becomes second nature after repeating the action hundreds of thousands of times. Similarly, financial means can procure high-quality wool or silk.

The real distinction lies in the creativity and taste of the artist behind the weave. In the realm of tribal rugs, this artist is often the weaver herself, who intuitively designs as she weaves, breathing life into patterns and stories without preliminary sketches.

For classic rugs, as the early 20th-century Kashan showcased here, the artist is the designer who first imagines the rug's pattern as a painting and then meticulously converts it into a graph. This visual language is something weavers can understand and convert into tangible knots. The designer of this rug has crafted a detailed pattern with a captivating colour combination, not merely a repetition or variation of existing classic designs but a unique creation that renders this rug a singular specimen and, therefore, a highly collectable and valuable artistic Persian carpet. Most remarkable is the designers' humility; they refrain from leaving their signature, viewing their creations as an entity far superior to themselves.

Over a hundred years old, this carpet mirrors a beautiful mind and a rich culture with a three-thousand-year history. The designer undoubtedly possessed deep ancestral knowledge and a wealth of historical memory, which have materialized into this exquisite form.

Circa 1900s. Wool on cotton. All natural dyes. Perfect condition.