Rare Kashan ‘Mohtasham’


The rugs woven in the worksop of Hadji Mollah Mohammed Hassan Mohtasham are rare and world-famous. These rugs were finely knotted with kurk lamb’s wool in the late 19th century/early 1900s (circa 1880-1910). Mohtashams are recognized for their unbelievable quality of the materials and of the weave, adding to these:

  • a unique drawing style inspired by earlier Farahan weavings (Mohtasham’s wife was from Farahan) with floral patterns being more ‘geometrical’ than usual
  • The use of soft and shiny kurk lambswool
  • A typical ‘orange/red’ dye
  • Purple silk selvedges
  • Fine weave

This absolutely magnificent piece was finely knotted in a very rare format and displays quite a unique scheme, with a deep blue border and another inner oversized ‘Mohtasham red’ cornice. The central panel has been adorned with a large central medallion, highly stylised. The piece is in overall very good condition.

Size  315×227cm / 10′ 4” x  7′ 5”

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Additional information

Dimensions 315 x 227 cm ( 10,33 x 7,45 ft )
ID 5525
Name Rare Kashan Mohtasham
Period Circa 1880
Materials Wool and cotton
Origin Persia
Condition Very good

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