Collecting & Connoisseurship

MOTASHAM KASHAN, Central Persian, 4′ 5″ x 7′, 3rd Quarter, 19th Century

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Claremont Rug Company is pleased to present our newest addition to the Featured Arrivals collection, a graceful and highly refined Persian Motasham Kashan antique carpet. A distinctive, earlier Motasham Kashan is always an exciting find because of the great rarity of this style. One of the many highlights of this 150-year-old example is its ethereal ambiance that is in great part the product of the deep patina that illuminates its surface. The time-seasoned quality of the rug’s tones are reminiscent of watercolor paintings. Note the flourish of the aqua-green star shape in its inner medallion with a constant, subtle striation that punctuates the rug’s axis point. A further sense of dimensionality is created by the deep outlining of some designs and the very pale outlining of others, inducing them to recede into the background. The small cypress tree forms in the upper and lower borders change to a pinecone shape in the vertical border is another unique feature drawn with particular delicacy. This striking rug would make a lovely addition to any grand home.


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