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
  • A typical ‘orange/red’ dye
  • Purple silk selvedges
  • Fine weave

This extremely elegant specimen is featuered by an ivory field enriched by a central ‘Mohtasham red’ medallion. The deep blue border has been adorned with palmettes and floral motifs linked by spiralling vines. In overall very good condition for its age. The pile is low but even.

Size  203×138 cm / 6′ 8” x  4′ 6”

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Additional information

Dimensions 203 x 138 cm ( 6,66 x 4,53 ft )
ID 5068
Name Kashan 'Mohtasham'
Period 19th century
Materials Wool and cotton
Origin Persia
Condition Very Good

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