• Oriental Rugs and Carpets auction at Christies

    Sale 7845

    Oriental Rugs and Carpets

    15 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 223

    A MESHED SABER CARPET

    SIGNED BY SABER, NORTH EAST PERSIA, CIRCA 1940

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    A MESHED SABER CARPET
    SIGNED BY SABER, NORTH EAST PERSIA, CIRCA 1940
    Very finely woven, a minute repair in two corners, overall excellent condition
    16ft.1in. x 11ft.4in. (490cm. x 344cm.)


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    The approx. knot count is 11.5H x 11.5V per sq. cm.

    Abbas Quli Saber (1911-1977) started working in the Amoghli workshop when still a young man, at a time when Amoghli was the most favoured weaver of the Shah, Reza Shah Pahlavi. When Saber set up his own workshop he continued the taste and traditions of crasftsmanship already established by Amoghli, taking them, in his best carpets, to new levels. According to one report, on his death, just before the Iranian Revolution, he had around 1500 workers working on more than 300 looms. The vast majority of his carpets followed the traditional dark rich Meshed colours. The present example, woven with great finesse, is extremely unusual both in its overall design and, particularly, in its use of a light coloured ground.

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