Posted on: August 29, 2016

Antique Spotlight!

Sarouk Farahan circa 1880 and Haji Jalili Tree of Life circa 1870.

Farahan Haji-Jalili

Persian Sarouk Fereghan Carpet with Wool Pile and Vegetal Dyes, circa 1880


This Persian Sarouk Fereghan carpet created, circa 1880 consists of a cotton warp and weft, hand-knotted pure wool pile and organic vegetal dyes. It is an exceptionally elegant piece and its size is indicative of its role as a “shah neshin,” or “king’s room” carpet. The king’s room, as it was called, was intended for guests and gatherings, making it the most important and distinguished of all the rooms in the house. Clearly a unique and one-of-a-kind carpet, its intricate and balanced design is abound with symbolism. The Cyprus trees symbolize stability, while the willow trees symbolize love as they reference the epic love story of “Leyli and Majnun.” This carpet is in excellent antique condition; its rich golds, reds, blues and creams still shine, and its pile remains silky and soft. The size is 7’2″ x 17’4″.



1870 Persian Haji Jalili Tabriz Carpet with Tree of Life Design


This Persian Haji Jalili Tabriz carpet created circa 1870 consists of a cotton warp and weft, hand-knotted wool pile and organic vegetal dyes. It is an exceptionally fine example from the master artist and weaver Haji Jalili, and was crafted using his own signature wool and dyes. While the coloration may look simple upon first glance, it actually consists of a complex combination of earth tones based on the rule of seven. That is, there are seven different shades of brown, seven of beige, seven of pale green, and so on. It is extremely challenging for a weaver to work with colors that are so similar and yet still be able to distinguish among them, especially while working with such fine woolen yarns. The resulting piece is one of amazing dimension and timeless beauty. The tree of life illustration, amid Cyprus trees, roses and stylized peacocks, is classic yet unique. This carpet is truly a piece of history. The size is 7’7″ x 11’9″ and it is in excellent antique condition.


You can find more beautiful antiques like these on our 1stDibs page as well as on our website. These two carpets can be viewed in our showroom now! Feel free to contact us with any questions about these antiques and others.