This is a Haji Jalili Tabriz rug made c. 1880s. The center is made up of
repeated large diamond shapes. Every inch of the surrounding area is
filled with incredibly detailed and delicate floral patterns. The border
is also composed of floral patterns however these flow sideways
separating them from the center floral patterns. If you look closely you
can see that this rug has lush red, light/dark blues, cream, and gold.
Jalili was one of the most important figures during the end of the 19th
century. He had a unique approach to rug making and was known for his
distinctive color palettes and formal qualities.
Tabriz is a city
located in north west Iran and is known as a general category of
Persian Rugs. These rugs played a significant role in the development of
traditions and decorative arts in this region. Rug making is an art
form passed on from generation to generation and considered a valuable
part of Persian heritage.