Pictorial Karastan Hunting Scene rug, made of 100% natural wool. This rug is in excellent condition, with wool that is very shiny. This rug was acquired from an established rug merchant. Beautiful colors made with excellent quality. No holes or repairs, plush and soft with a gorgeous design. Clean and ready to be enjoyed.

  • Acquired from a Virginia estate.
  • Dimensions:
  • 10ft 0in x 14ft 0in, 99.5lbs – 305cm x 427cm, 45.2kg
  • Medium:
  • Hand Knotted Rug
  • Circa:
  • 2000s
  • Notes:
  • Hunting and pastoral scene rugs depict the long traditions that are deeply immersed within Persian history. Years before the first hunting scene rug was ever woven, hunting stories were passed down orally for over 1300 years. Because this practice was so deeply embedded in Persian culture, it is no surprise that weavers portrayed hunting scenes in their work as early as the 16th century. These hunting designs show no specific city. They also do not directly refer to any person or historical event. In the rare case when a specific individual is depicted, he is distinguished by his manner of dress or an inscription within the antique rug. Usually, the objects in pictorial rugs seem very stationary, as if the subjects were posing motionless. Because hunting was considered such a distinguished act, these carpets represent a part of Princely life. Furthermore, many hunting scene rugs were originally commissioned for nobility and royalty. Despite the hunting motifs early appearance in the designs of Persian rugs, designs of this kind all but disappeared in Persian weaving from 500 BC until the 16th century. Scholars believe that this may have been due to the increasing influence of various Islamic empires, which often viewed depictions of hunting and animals as a form of idolatry. In the 1500s, hunting motifs reappeared in weaving as a direct result of Safavid rule. It was at this point that Persian royalty again took part in the ancient tradition of commissioning weavers to depict hunting scenes.
  • Condition:
  • Excellent

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