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SOLD | Antique Rug (Collector's Piece) | RARE Pictorial Antique GEM of a Rug | Paradise and Tree of Life Gateway to Heaven Rug | 4.4 x 7.1


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Name: Collector's Paradise, Tree of Life, Pomegranate and Bird, and Pathway to Heaven rug

Size: 4.4 x 7.1

Age: Antique

Pile: Low with some patina and age-related wear

About: You will NEVER see another rug like this. This is not for the cool designer or someone going for a specific "look" - this is for the rug/art enthusiast or the rug/art collector. This is for the eclectic buyer looking for the most unusual objects to fulfill their needs of being inspired, of finding the joy in these works of art, and to lay or hang somewhere so the world can see so they too can become inspired. This is a conversation starter and a real thought-provoking textile. Antique rug woven with the masterful imagination of the weaver - was it a thought, a vision, a dream, or an interpretation of a story she heard? The symbolism in this rug is vast, the workmanship is unbelievable, and the dyes are rich and deep. These pictorial pieces are always directional and tell just enough of the story for us to connect the dots. You have the large Tree of Life growing straight down the middle, symbolizing the straightest, fastest, and the purest way to Heaven (after all, these weavers were people of faith). Then you have the birds that symbolize purity, amongst other things, on and around the most symbolic and significant fruit of the Persian culture - the pomegranate, that represents royalty and abundance; pear hanging from the branches amongst various birds decorated in apricot, mocha, and espresso as well.
The Mihrab, which is typically known as an arched doorway and sometimes woven in the rugs as a directional element for prayer rugs, so, in theory, this can be considered a prayer rug where the point of the Mihrab lay on the ground facing East. The ducks or dove around the base in the water are calming, the palette used is earthy and soothings and the overall feel of this piece is just serenity. Everything single square inch of this piece is an example of true masterful workmanship and the precise execution of a master weaver. What I love about this rug is that usually pictorial pieces are woven in metropolitan cities that have the resources to weave with silk etc, emphasizing the fineness of the weave and the materials used in order to make the rug look like a painting, but this piece was woven with the tribal and nomadic DNA. So, for a tribal rug, which I would consider this, it is extremely fine. It is walking down the VERY fine line of a city rug and a village rug, taking the best from both worlds to create this wonderful beauty of art. The border is something that must be touched on, for it's also in a league of its own. The iconic interpretation of the Herati design; you see the large fish circling around the floral motif, which is a representation of the world - so you have two fish (lovers), circling around the world looking and yearning for one another. This is one of the most poetic and iconic motifs in the Persian textile world, and it is depicted ever so flawlessly in this border. This rug is worn and aged beautifully. It has some ancient old touchups which are to be expected as the rug is nearly 100 years old. VERY fine knots giving it the crisp design, and just an all-over gem. Rich dyes; reds, blues, saffrons, earthy shades, and more. You will love this rug. If you are a lover of the arts, a lover of poetry and the story of life, and appreciate workmanship and excellence in a craft - this is your rug.

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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