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Sabzavar Carpet

Sabzavar Persian Carpet

Major silk route town between Teheran and Meshed. Important source of rugs since at least 1555.

Source of some of the very best wool in Iran. Trace copper in the water is a reason for the wool quality.

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    The Flowers of Sabzavar in the Border

    Please note the red and blue flowers on the branch. I have never seen a branch with red and blue flowers but in my field interviews a woman who attended school in Sabzavar told me through an interpreter that in Sabzavar there is such a plant. Whatever the case this branch is typical of carpets from Sabzavar and not typical of anywhere else.

    Sabzavar is the most probable source of the great vase carpets of the Sixteenth century.  I realize that such leading luminaries as the late Charles Grant Ellis and the late Dr. May Beattie have suggested Kerman as the source but I have to disagree. Technically and stylistically we have three interrelated groups that musty be viewed as a whole. First there are Vase Carpets which are clearly related to Sanguszko Carpets and Sanguszko Carpets are clearly related to some of the so-called Salting Carpets. I suggest that Vase carpets and Sanguszko carpets must come from the same sixteenth century source. Further I suggest that Sanguszko Carpets are Court Carpets and must be the product of a court manufactory. There was no court and there was no court manufactory in Kerman in the Sixteenth century. There was no court manufactory in Kerman until at least the reign of Abbas Safavi the great. Obviously the Sanguszko carpets are clearly earlier and therefore cannot be from either the court artists of Abbas Safavi or Kerman.

    By the way I am not suggesting that Salting Carpets came from Sabzavar. However if we follow Persian history from the death of Soltan Ibrahim Mirza whose court produced the Vase carpets then it becomes obvious where the Salting Carpets must have been made.

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    J. Barry O'Connell Jr.

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