Lot Content

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
A KASHAN 'MOHTASHAM' PRAYER RUG
A KASHAN 'MOHTASHAM' PRAYER RUG
A KASHAN 'MOHTASHAM' PRAYER RUG
1 More
A KASHAN 'MOHTASHAM' PRAYER RUG
4 More
Specifed lots (sold and unsold) marked with a fill… Read more
A KASHAN 'MOHTASHAM' PRAYER RUG

CENTRAL PERSIA, CIRCA 1890

Details
A KASHAN 'MOHTASHAM' PRAYER RUG
CENTRAL PERSIA, CIRCA 1890
Localised areas of light wear, a faint surface dirt, original purple silk selvages, ends secured, overall good condition
6ft.7in. x 4ft.4in. (204cm. x 133cm.)
Special notice

Specifed lots (sold and unsold) marked with a filled square ( ¦ ) not collected from Christie’s, 8 King Street, London SW1Y 6QT by 5.00 pm on the day of the sale will, at our option, be removed to Crown Fine Art (details below). Christie’s will inform you if the lot has been sent ofsite. If the lot is transferred to Crown Fine Art, it will be available for collection from 12.00 pm on the second business day following the sale. Please call Christie’s Client Service 24 hours in advance to book a collection time at Crown Fine Art. All collections from Crown Fine Art will be by prebooked appointment only.
Sale room notice
The USA prohibits the purchase by US persons of Iranian-origin “works of conventional craftsmanship” such as carpets, textiles, decorative objects, and scientific instruments. The US sanctions apply to US persons regardless of the location of the transaction or the shipping intentions of the US person.  For this reason, Christie’s will not accept bids by US persons on this lot. Non-US persons wishing to import this lot into the USA are advised that they will need to apply for an OFAC licence and that this can take many months to be granted.

Brought to you by

Louise Broadhurst
Louise Broadhurst

Check the condition report or get in touch for additional information about this

Condition report

If you wish to view the condition report of this lot, please sign in to your account.

Sign in
View condition report

Lot Essay

The inscription above the prayer arch contains two verses from a ghazal of Sa’di:

harife majles-e ma khod hamishe del mibarad
ala kholus ke pirayeh-i bar u bastand

‘The beloved of our gathering is always adored
Specially since they have adorned [him/her] with an embellishment’

The term "Mohtasham" is synonymous with the finest carpets made in Kashan in the late 19th century. Hajji Mollah Mohammed Hassan Mohtasham is regarded as one of a very small number of master weavers who successfully re-established Kashan as an important weaving centre in Persia at the end of the 19th century. The carpets produced in his atelier are identified by structural features such as the light blue cotton wefts and purple silk selvages. However, they stand out due to their masterful weaving, together with the use of the very finest materials. This includes the wonderfully soft, hand-spun kurk wool and the rich naturally dyed colour palette seen on the present prayer rug.

More from Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets

View All
View All