Khorassan province, eastern Persia
early 20th century
Size: 512 x 350 cm
Next to Isfahan, Mashad is described as the most beautiful city in Persia.
This old Mashad carpet is of very fine quality with superb wool and a beautifully drawn allover design of stylised vases with floral bouquets on an unusual yellow ground. The dyes of Mashad carpets have traditionally been dominated by a cochineal pink/red. It was used in virtually no other part of Persia so extensively, except in the province of Kirman, and is a distinguishing feature of carpets from the Khorassan province.