• Oriental Rugs and Carpets auction at Christies

    Sale 7845

    Oriental Rugs and Carpets

    15 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 72

    A RASHT EMBROIDERED FELT PATCHWORK CARPET

    COMMISSIONED FOR 'AWN AL-MAMALEK, NORTH PERSIA, DATED AH 1291/1874-5 AD

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    A RASHT EMBROIDERED FELT PATCHWORK CARPET
    COMMISSIONED FOR 'AWN AL-MAMALEK, NORTH PERSIA, DATED AH 1291/1874-5 AD
    Overall good condition
    14ft.1in. x 8ft.11in. (454cm. x 270cm.)


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    The four inscription cartouches each state that this carpet was commissioned for 'Awn al-Mamalek and that the commission was ordered through the courtier Sayyed Razi Mustawfi in 1291.

    Mirza Yusif Mustawfi al-Mamalik (d. Rajab 1303/April 1886), was the Prime Minister of Nasir al-Din Shah between 1301 (1884 AD) and 1303 (1886 AD) (M. Bamdad, Dictionary of National Biography of Iran, 1700-1900, vol. iv, Tehran, 1966, pp. 478-90).

    In 1291 (AD 1874-5), he was the Interior Minister, in charge of the Treasury, and also Governor of Tehran.

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