My father was a antique collector, and he had many objects
of value. When he died i picked this rug to clean in an expert house
here in lisbon called Tricana. When they said the rug had probably 100
years or more I was very surprised. Can you help me with this matter, I
sent you some photos I hope that you can help me? Size is 4'4" x 6'1".
Thanks for sending this one in!
It's a beautiful rug, and it certainly does have some good age behind it.
General information: It appears to be a Persian tabriz carpet, of similar ilk to what many may call a "Hadji Jalili"
type carpet. Wool pile, cotton foundation. The good knot density,
design, the original two cord flatwoven 2 cord cotton selvage and colors all
point to a late third quarter or early fourth quarter 19th century Tabriz. With
most certainty, this rug would be considered an antique which is 100+
years of age.
A few points to mention about this piece: The dark blue background
is somewhat more unusual. Not in as popular demand as some of the
other field colors, but is very nice to see. The size is also great.
Many of these older rugs in the smaller measurements have disappeared,
so it's excellent to see this. The very outside border: Not quite a minor border, but it features a beautiful blue. Not so common for the wool rugs of this type and vintage to not have matching field and border (even with abrash) a beautiful touch.
The rug does, however, appear to need some TLC. The end photographed does not seem to have overcasting to prevent knot loss, so that would certainly be a process to consider
in the near future. We were somewhat surprised this was not done prior to cleaning. Thoroughly washing a rug can be somewhat of a rigorous process, and may
accelerate the loss to ends if not properly secured. It appears as though there may be some heavily
worn areas on one end and isolated areas of the field and border. If
the wear is starting to go past the knot heads or already has, this will impact value and may require professional attention before use.
Overall, it is an beautiful rug. You have a real treasure here. Take care of it and enjoy it. Great colors, good age, good size. Wish you all the best and thank you for sending this rug in!
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