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330 X 102 cm Old Tabriz (OT0204)
Size : 330 X 102 cm
Origin : Persian Tabriz
Pile : 100% wool
Weave : Handwoven
In Tabriz, one of the most important landmarks are the bazaars from the 15th century, since trade has always been of great importance in Tabriz. Indeed, its geographical position meant that for a long time goods exported from Iran to Europe went via Tabriz, and the revival of the carpet industry in the 19th century is due largely to Tabriz merchants.
There are now a huge variety of carpets made in Tabriz, from extremely fine to very coarse pieces. The weavers have great skill, and are aided by a hook-like implement, which they use instead of the fingers for tying knots. The warps and wefts are cotton, the pile wool, often with highlights of silk in the finer pieces. The colours of the finer carpets are delicate and refined. The coarsest qualities are brightly coloured and rarely exported. A wide variety of designs are seen: copies of classical designs, re-workings of old motifs, and pictorial or figurative treatments. The most famous weaver was Hajj Jalili, who worked at the turn of the century.
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