322 X 217 CM from sh.sameyeh Oriental carpet catalogue page No.178
FIRST QUARTER OF 20TH CENTURY
Antique Tehran Rugs – Tehran is the capital of Iran – the country historically referred to as Persia, and the greatest carpet-producing country in the world. However, while traditional rugs have been woven in a variety of style throughout Persia for centuries and centuries, Tehran itself only became a center of antique rug production after the great revival of Persian weaving was underway in the late nineteenth century.
For while traditional centers of Persian rug production, such as Khorassan, Bidjar, and Heriz have rug-making traditions dating back as long as any in the world, Tehran itself simply did not develop its own approach to rug-making until relatively recently. As a result, Tehran rugs are rather distinct from their other Persian cousins.
And even though Tehran has not long been a center of antique Persian rug production, it did not take long for the Persian capital to develop its own high standard in making carpets with designs of classical Persian derivation, on a par with other centers like Tabriz or Kashan.All natural dyes are paramount for the carpet to have more than just decorative value. Beyond that, various dyers had varying levels of skill and invested different lengths of time in dyeing the yarns. The “quality of color”–its radiance and level of nuance within each color–is centrally important. Certain rare colors such as Tyrian purple, saffron yellow, cochineal rose and greens add to the carpet’s value