Antique Mud 16270 Carpet No(Type N Reference): 16270 Origin (State, Province): East Persia Size: 204 X 133 CM from sh.sameyeh Oriental carpet catalogue page No.153 Age: first quarter of 20th century Category: East Persia Description of Design and History: Persian Mud Rugs / From khorasan state colose to Meshad city – Antique Persian rugs range tremendously in style and design, a result of the long and important rug-making tradition that has been part of Persian society for centuries. Almost every region of Persia (which is coterminous with modern day Iran) has its own particular style and method for weaving fine rugs and carpets, and it can be amazing to behold this tremendous range. Among the traditional styles of Persian rugs, one of the most interesting is the Mud, which is itself a Khorassan style. Antique Mud rugs and carpets produced in Mud in the traditional style are notable for several reasons, and are relatively easily identified based on several different characteristics. They also tend to feature a large, elaborate central medallion – a characteristic that is not unique to khorasan rugs, but that is nevertheless important. Further, Mud rugs tend to possess a certain softness, especially compared to other Khorassan rugs – the quality of the wool used by the rug-makers of Mud is second to none. Known for their beauty and their quality, which is assuredly second to none, khorasan rugs remain very desirable in the rug world of today, centuries after they were first woven. 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
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