SOLD | 9.2 x 11.7 | Moody & Majestic Ralph Lauren Antique Persian Mohajeran / Lilhan Sarouk Rug | Giorgio
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Size: 9.2 x 11.7
Age: Antique 1920's
Pile: Low/Medium plush and soft hand-spun lamb wool
About: This rug is the moooodiest and most majestic rug I've ever seen in my life. This is exactly the type of rug Ralph Lauren has in his homes/retail spaces. This is the type of piece you see in 10,000+ square feet mansions on the East Coast of the United States because these are the clients that got first pick of fine antique rugs when the rug shipments arrived from Persia solely due to proximity and geographical location as these ships stopped and unloaded their cargo on the Eastern coast receiving docks. These are the types of pieces that high-end British and English designers designed for these masterful weavers to weave back in the late 1800's. These are the pieces that rug collectors, rug enthusiasts, and rug lovers alike look for; pieces where the drawing/design, color palette and dyes, weave/quality, and soul of the rug are all not only in harmony - but at their best. This piece is deep, rich, lustrous, and downright sinful. When really looking at this piece, you get lost the same way you do looking into the stars on a dark night. This piece reminds me of the depths of the ocean; dark, mysterious, and intriguing. There is no other rug weaving village in the world that could pull this piece off other than the village of Sarouk. This is the epitome of what rugs from this district are known for; incredible wool, incredible weave, and incredible artistic soul in their pieces. The deep blue in this rug is so deep and ink-like, the rosey-mauve in the border is soft but rich, and the camel, mocha, chocolate, and other earthy tones really ground this piece. Alas, all of these colors come together to allow the unusual amount of soft teal to highlight nearly every flower in this rug. This color consists of shades and variations of seafoam, mint, and teal in almost every single knot. The way the border is open with the exaggerated leaf and elongated flower motifs creates this openness alongside the perimeter inviting you into the sprawling and forever botanical motifs that seem to be spawning and multiplying in the field of the rug. These select Mohajerans are often compared to (and often inspired by) famous poetry and song. Reason being that many of these women villagers would sing and recite poetry during their weavings together. The art of hand-weaving is very much affected by the arts, architecture, nature, etc. For those that don't know rugs very well, you can see the appeal in this piece on a subconscious level - notice the balance, and although filled with a lot of lush and exotic floral and vine motifs, still easy for your eyes to digest. And of course, to the trained eye, it is infinitely attractive because we know what it took to make rugs like this. The countless hours of sheering, cleaning, sorting, spinning, and dying the wool, then of course weaving - sometimes it could take an entire village to create one piece as there are so many respective parts to the entire process. But, it always comes back to the drawing of the rug, whether it be on paper, or in the mind, the artistic beauty is impossible to ignore. It is clearly evident that the actual weavers of this piece had an artistic mind, heart, and soul. I've taken a picture of the back so you can see just how small these knots are to get an idea of just how much time, energy, and skill went into weaving it. I want you to be enamored with the rug from the back, and only then can you truly appreciate the front. I hope you like this rug as much as I do, it is the definition of what we look for in curating our pieces - this has such incredible quality from the wool, to the dyes, to the look, to the condition, and to the weave itself. the hand-spun lamb wool used to make this rug is like a cloud to walk on, and I hope you enjoy every step.
This rug is one-of-a-kind, only one available.
Because of the nature and age of these older/antique handmade pieces, irregularities and age-related wear are likely to exist and are not considered defects. Any questions about this rug? Don't hesitate to reach out!
We always recommend a high-quality custom cut pad for any and all rugs; these pads are made for hand-knotted rugs. They create a body and support the knots of the rug, as well as prevent it from slipping and sliding.
A note from us to you: Buying a rug is special; it's not just you finding the rug, but also the rug finding you. Think about the many coincidences that have to occur for you to find the rug of your dreams. Our rugs are woven by nomads in the villages and remote mountainous regions of the major rug weaving districts across the world. All of our rugs are genuinely old and one-of-a-kind. Like anything old and unique, they are filled with character, soul, and story. The story of a rug is something we think about a lot; who was the weaver(s)? Did they weave it for personal use, commerce, to gift, or trade? Who was the second owner, and the third!? Sometimes the little motifs and symbols in rugs can help tell the story, but we will never truly know - there's something beautiful about that. Alas, our joy is to curate these incredible pieces that speak to us, and to pass them along to their new owners to be enjoyed and cherished for many years to come; both continuing to add to the story of the rug, and to the story of the new owners.
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