This is a superb Persian Kashan from the 1910s.
It is in pristine condition.
The pile is 100% full, the sides and ends are perfect.
The rug is signed “Tafshanjian” at the top. The Tafshanjian family was exiled to America after the genocide of Armenians in Turkey before 1900. He was a famous expert in oriental rugs and began to make special orders of Sarouk rugs for his American customers. In order to compete with Mohtasham Kashan Manchester wool rugs, in 1910 Tafshanjian wove this custom made 20 x 12 rug for a wealthy American customer.
The rug is made of Manchester (kork) wool.
The script on the corners is advice from the famous ancient Persian Book of Kalileh Demneh, which reads “If the precious jewels like diamonds and emeralds fell in the dirt and mud, they never lose their quality and value like good natured people.”
The rug was kept in excellent condition and its pile is better than Mohtesham Kashan.
This antique rug is very collectable.
Size: 20’4″ x 12′