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18th Century Persian Kerman Judaic Pictorial Rug King Solomon
  • 18th Century Persian Kerman Judaic Pictorial Rug King Solomon
  • 18th Century Persian Kerman Judaic Pictorial Rug King Solomon
  • 18th Century Persian Kerman Judaic Pictorial Rug King Solomon
  • 18th Century Persian Kerman Judaic Pictorial Rug King Solomon
  • 18th Century Persian Kerman Judaic Pictorial Rug King Solomon
  • 18th Century Persian Kerman Judaic Pictorial Rug King Solomon
  • 18th Century Persian Kerman Judaic Pictorial Rug King Solomon
  • 18th Century Persian Kerman Judaic Pictorial Rug King Solomon
  • 18th Century Persian Kerman Judaic Pictorial Rug King Solomon

18th Century Persian Kerman Judaic Pictorial Rug King Solomon

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£6,000.00


Product Description

A highly unusual pictorial Persian rug, hailing from Kerman Province and dating from the late 18th century.

Kerman carpets are typically very thin, and have a knot count of between 180 and 250 per square inch. The subject of the rug is a probable consequence of the sizable population of Jewish weavers in Kerman province before its conquest in 1794. These dates would also coincide, with the emergence of the pictorial style in the latter decades of the 18th century.

The rug shows Solomon, sitting on a throne, surrounded by a selection of animals and Demons. In Jewish, as well as Islamic lore, Solomon is believed to be able to communicate with all living things. The Jinn that carry his throne allude to his mastery over spirits and demons; the animals that congregate around him are a reflection of his command over beast, fowl and reptile. On his left stands an angel possibly the archangel Michael. Around the border, a menagerie of animals: Horses, Camels, leopard, tortoise, snake, cow, fox, Pegasus (winged horse), lion, boar, snail, peacocks, hoopoes and various other birds.

The signature cartouche translates as ‘Sulayman Bin Dawood’ or Solomon, son of David. In Islamic scripture Solomon is considered to be a divinely appointed King, distinguished for his wisdom and just rule. Islamic art typically depicts King Solomon wearing whichever headdress was favored by the monarch of the day. This rug differs in that he wears a six-pointed crown, distinctly European in style and similar to the one he is depicted wearing in Western Religious art.

The 8 portraits on the border of the rug are perhaps Knights of the Order of Solomon’s Temple more commonly known as the Knights Templar. Perhaps something attested by the stylised cross (not unlike the Calatrava cross) and red banding on their tabards.

The condition of the rug is good considering its age. There is however fraying to the middle section and the knotting around the edges has loosened over time. The most noticeable wear appears around Solomon. The Knights around the outside appear to have escaped the brunt of the footfall, as has the menagerie of animals that adorn the border.

Size: 226 x 143 x 0.3cm
Weight: 6.1kg

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