Collectable Rugs

Dilmaghani is just starting to offer a few of our beautiful Collection Rugs for sale. They are all Persian, Antique and Semi-Antique, collectable one-of-a-kind pieces.

Our founder began the family collection soon after he arrived in New York City in the 1920’s. This is a unique opportunity to invest in extraordinary works of art. Here are a few examples:

8 x 12 Persian Tabriz Medallion Rug

Medallion Tabriz, Red field, Dark Blue border. Size: 8'4" x 11'10". Origin: Persia (Iran). Approx Age: 90-100 yrs.

A striking medallion design with detailed and ornate floral designs on a rich red field. The dark blue border, flanked by light blue guards echoes the rich floral pattern of the medallion. Light blue corners feature subtle dragon mouth tips. The strength of color in this fine carpet is offset by the subtlety and intricacy of the floral patterns.
Persian Tabriz Collectable Rug 8×12
Persian Tabriz Collectable Rug 8×12

8 x 12 Persian Tabriz Pictorial Rug

Fine Semi-Antique Tabriz, Multi-Color. Size: 8'1" x 11'9". Origin: Iran. Weaver: Tabatabaie. Age: 50 yrs (1960’s).

A very lovely and unique pictorial “village scene” carpet depicting many aspects of everyday village and agrarian life. Border cameos reflect similar lifestyle scenes.
Persian Tabriz Collectable Rug 8x12
Persian Tabriz Collectable Rug 8×12

4 x 6 Caucasian Panel Design Rug

Antique Chi Chi (Cabistan), Dark Blue ground, Ivory border. Size: 3'7" x 5'6". Origin: Caucasus. Age: 100+ yrs.

Very unique 12 panel geometric design on a dark blue ground surrounded by ivory border.
Caucasian Collectable Rug 4x6
Caucasian Collectable Rug 4×6

Choosing an Oriental Rug by Color

Kerman Rug
Persian Kerman Crown Oversize Carpet 14′ x 17’10″

Mind-set in viewing Oriental rugs. Sometimes, customers begin their search with specifying colors they do or do not want. Our suggestion is, when you look at a Dilmaghani Oriental rug, you are looking at a work of art. One color or another need not be a deciding factor, tho, if a specific dominates in the rug, it would be understandable. However, most beautiful Oriental rugs, the Dilmaghani Crown Kermans, the Dilmaghani Tabrizes, and the many “one-of-a-kinds” have a large palette of colors and hues.

Think of the array of colors as you would see a beautiful flower garden. The colors blend and compliment each other. Colors you may not think of going well together have been worked into designs for centuries and enrich the depth and beauty with their variety. Keep an open palette – and if, you can, start your decorating with your Dilmaghani rug!

Large Antique Silk Persian Tabriz Palace Rug 28411

Example from our inventory of large oriental area rugs gallery: 16′ x 24′ Large oversized Silk antique Persian Tabriz ca. 1870 attributed to Hadji Jalili workshop.

16' x 24' Large oversized Silk antique Persian Hadji Jalili Tabriz ca. 1870

3rd quarter 19th century antique silk Persian Tabriz.

Extraordinarily large and oversized carpet from one of the finest areas in history of hand knotted Oriental rug production.  A highly collectible, very rare, unique and desirable carpet with extraordinary history, decorative value and historic importance.

A testament to the finest in Persian carpet weaving, exhibiting unparalleled accuracy to two of the most famous and historic carpets in the world: The twin Ardabil carpets[1].  While the 16th century predecessors are woolen pile, this 19th century version is constructed of silk.  Around the time this carpet was woven, a revival movement of renown Safavid dynasty weaving was underway.  The concept of creating this carpet was most definitely built around knowing original examples existed.  Whether a celebration of 16th century originals or a custom order for a Palace, there is no question the designing and use of materials seen in this carpet were intended to meet or exceed the originals with a slight shift.  The color palette would have been an extraordinarily unusual derivation from any norm of the era, featuring a most unique green field accented throughout with bright naturally dyed silk.  An exquisite example far beyond tradition, while doing so in the effort to maintain a sacred art form as an adventurous, yet tasteful and timeless carpet.

Outside of the historical importance, design lineage akin to that of the famous Ardabil carpets, harmonious and unusual color motif, is also the considerable size of this carpet.  Hand knotted with a silk pile and silk foundation, this is one of the largest, if not the largest, antique silk Carpets in the United States.

Antique Silk Tabriz Ardebil Carpets Design
Fine Antique Silk Persian Tabriz with Signature

Simplistic use of color within the main medallion seems to render a placid decorative outlining. Yet the initially perceived simplicity is deceiving and unusually gravitating: The highly intricate shadow outlines linger in the mind while your eye continues to explore the overall motif further. Delicate tendrils scroll throughout the carpet, rhythmically interlacing the motif with harmonious complexity. Large Lanterns hang from either end of the medallion with extraordinary intricacy only attainable by true master weavers. Highly detailed border consisting of floral-filled cartouches, alternating with pomegranates buffered by an interlinking arabesque outer minor border and repeating cloudband inner.  Accents of aqua blue, cranberry and ruby pink make this an unusual and highly decorative carpet.  There are few who would dispute this carpet may be considered the most masterful ode to the Ardabil carpets in existence today.

Silk Persian Tabriz
Reading in ancient Persian “Except for thy haven, there is no refuge for me in this world. Other than here, there is no place for my head. The work of a servant of the Court, Maqsud of Kashan, 946″

Finished at the top of the carpet is an identical signature panel to the Ardabil carpets:  Reading in ancient Persian “Except for thy haven, there is no refuge for me in this world. Other than here, there is no place for my head. The work of a servant of the Court, Maqsud of Kashan, 946″

Woven in similar dimensions, knot density, and design to that of the famous Ardabil Carpets located in LACMA and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London dated from the 16th century.

[1] Also See The Ardabil Carpets at the Victoria & Albert Museum and LACMA.

Large Rugs and Oversized Rugs

Welcome to Dilmaghani’s Large, Palace and Oversized Rug and Gallery.  An image Gallery of our Largest mansion hand knotted Oriental area rugs.

Sample of our large rug and oversized Palace rugs.  Browse the gallery or click for larger images and details.  More information about our large rug collection at the bottom of this page.

Peter Paul Rubens, Alethea Talbot with attendants and Sir Dudley Carleton
Peter Paul Rubens, Alethea Talbot with attendants and Sir Dudley Carleton, c. 1620. Alte Pinakothek

History of large carpets: Prior to the 18th century, Oriental rugs were rarely affordable by those other than royalty, notable dignitaries and the highly affluent.  With exceptions to the previously mentioned, hand knotted rugs in the West were often exclusively displayed as above-floor coverings atop tables, adorning chairs and couches.

Holbein, The Ambassadors.  The National Gallery, London, England.
Holbein, The Ambassadors. The National Gallery, London, England.

Although fully intended and woven for use and utility under foot, it was not until the mid-18th century that much of Western culture began moving rugs onto the floor, and in small sizes at that.

In 19th century, however, a revival of 16th century Safavid inspired rug production continued in Persia.  Growing wealth in America and appreciation for fine rugs and carpets peaked high demand for precious Rugs of the far East.  At times, rugs made were abnormally large and unusual in size.  Well-to-do families in Europe, Asia and America identified well with these carpets not only for the aesthetic appeal, but the symbol of status.  In consideration of depictions of rugs in great paintings, and known examples of fine rugs still in existence from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, a clear momentum was underway.  There is little prestige close to that of possessing a carpet made in the spirit of those reserved, enjoyed and commissioned for the most prestigious members of society through the ages.

Large rugs today: Popularity in large and oversized rugs increases, as for centuries past, they exude an extraordinarily regal statement.  Massively scaled design elements are unusually more descriptive of overall motifs.  A Palace rug under foot is exhilarating, with proportions in a grand and epic level.  Whether bold or subtle, the aesthetic satisfaction of a large rug in context of a large room is virtually unparalleled by any other interior investment.

Large Sarouk Antique

Oversized rugs and carpets often fall into several “categories”.  Terms such as “large”, “mansion”, and “palace” may be used to describe rugs of unusual size or unique dimensions, although are archaic and nondescript when reference to actual measurements.

Custom and unique looms are made to create hand knotted carpets of large or  unusual proportions: Those which exceed 12′ +/- ” in width.  Therefore, a large, oversized rug is generally greater than 13′ wide.  Some carpets may also be considered large and oversized if they exceed 22′ in length, provided they do not fall under the category of narrower rugs such as “runners” or “gallery rugs”.

Dilmaghani’s Large Rug and Oversized Carpet Collection:  The large and oversized carpets seen at the top of this page (exclusive to Dilmaghani) are of very fine quality, condition, vintage (semi-antique and antique) as well as unique in size and shape.  Select Kerman rugs in stock bear our Crown trademark: A 150-year-old representation of our reputation and excellence in Oriental rug production.

Our sample gallery of large and oversized carpets are all available for acquisition via online purchase or local viewing by appointments only.  For special size requests, please contact our sales department at 914.472.1700.

Oversized Persian rugs seen in the gallery above are from all regions and provinces of Persia including Kerman, Tabriz, Sarouk, Shiraz, Kazvin, Yezd and many more.  Other countries of weaving origin include Bulgaria, Pakistan, as well as India.

Sizes included are 11×23, 11×24, 12×23, 12×24, 12×26, 13×23, 13×24, 13×28, 14×21, 14×22, 14×23, 14×24, 14×25, 14×26, 14×27, 15×19, 15×22, 15×23, 15×26, 15×30, 16×22, 16×24, 16×25, 17×24, 17×27, 19×43 and many more rare, unusual, and unique sized large, oversized hand knotted rugs and carpets.

For special size requests or more information please contact our sales department at 914.472.1700.