Rug of the Month
Khorassan Palace Carpet
A new arrival at Mousaian Oriental Rugs leads to this month's Rug of the Month featuring a relatively unique type of Persian carpet. It is not uncommon to have rugs identified by their size, and one such rug named for its massive size is the Palace Carpet. Palace Carpets were literally made for palaces which had huge rooms. At the height of Persian rug weaving in the 15th and 16th centuries, palaces and mosques were often adorned with these oversized rugs -- it was a sign of wealth and prestige....the bigger the better! Any rug sized approximately 12'x24' or larger is considered palace size. You would need quite a bit of floor space to accommodate such a piece. Today, many rugs of this size are only found in museums, but occasionally you can find one out on the market. This particular palace carpet measures 12'6"x25'8" and has been in a private home until recently. This beautiful rug is a true Persian rug in that is was woven at a time when Iran was still considered Persia, in the Khorassan region of Northeast Persia, roughly 80 years ago. It is in reasonably good condition with brilliant colors and some areas of low pile. Surprisingly, the sides and fringe ends of the rug are almost original. The details and colors are exceptional. Khorassan rugs are traditionally know for their lavish designs, intricate flowers, tight weaves and use of durable, lustrous wool. As you can see from the detailed pictures below, this Khorassan rug does not disappoint on these matters.