The exquisite very finely woven Isphahan has the “Wow!” factor. This top-of-the- line Persian carpet in WINDOW LEFT measures 8.5 x 11.8. It was woven in central Iran using the highest grade of wool and silk knots on a silk foundation.
The magnetic sky blue in the central medallion pulls you towards the “window to heaven”/medallion. This lovely piece is grounded by a calming and rich taupe, which begins in the outside guard boarder, dominates the main boarder and frames the medallion. The deep navy adeptly draws attention to the gorgeous paradise elements through the perfect use of the curvilinear design. The abundant utilization of silk illuminates the entire piece.
Ispahan was the capital of Persia under the Caliphs. It rose to such importance that in the seventeenth century it contained several palaces and 136 mosques. The royal court of Shah Abbas sent the best artisans to Italy to study decorative art which contributed to the gracefully drawn designs of the Isphahans. So great is the former glory of the city that Oriental rug dealers use the word Isphahan as an epithet of superiority. This piece exemplifies the ultimate in Oriental rug making from urban workshops. The sublime Isphahan is as close to perfect as one will ever find this side of heaven. This piece literally brings paradise to your home!
The stunning “Suzani” carpet hanging in WINDOW RIGHT measures 8.9 x 12.5. The inspiration for this carpet came from Uzbek textiles used as bedspreads. This very finely woven “Suzani” was hand-knotted in Mazar-i-Sharif northern Afghanistan by ethnic Uzbek women using handspun vegetally dyed local wool from Ghazni and silk from Samarkand, Uzbekistan. John Kebabian visited the silk factory in Samarkand during one of his buying trips abroad.
The elements of this carpet include the paisley design that represents mother with child, flowers that depict paradise and the scorpion, which symbolizes knowledge. The sunflower found in the center and in the main boarder represents good luck and longevity.
The skillful use of black throughout the piece strongly contributes to its happy vibe. The use of the chevron stripe and the playful vines is charming. The use of black whimsically underlines the bold and varied color palette of madder red, moss green, blue, citron, cornflower, ivory and orange. The thoughtfully placed silk brightens the piece beautifully. This carpet, with its vibrant colors and silk that “pops”, exudes a happy energy. For more information, below is a link that will provide more details of the Kebabian’s production of Suzanis: http://youtu.be/yT_XH7RAbSE