*This carpet is hand-knotted. Differences in shape, thickness, pattern and sizes can occur.
|Name||Nain Water Lilies|
|Size in feet ||14'11" x 2'6"|
|Size in meters||4.54 x 0.76|
|Pile (Fiber & Yarns Used)||100% Pure Lamb's Wool|
|Type of fabrication||Hand-knotted with Persian knots (Senneh)|
|Country Made In||Pakistan (South Asia)|
|Condition||Excellent (Brand New)|
|Available In Other Sizes||Yes, upon special request|
**Each carpet is of the highest quality in its category & is carefully handpicked overseas by a member of the Bashir family. A Brief History of Habibian Nain Carpets
Nain is the name of a city in Iran known for manufacturing and producing handmade carpets with a combination of blue and ivory shades of color. Before the first world war this city was famous for its exquisite tailoring of rugged and traditional Iranian clothes. However, after the first wold war, the industry had collapsed due to the increasing interest of Iranians in western clothing. With experience in dealing with high-quality wool, artisans began to weave carpets in Nain. The Persian government assisted the city. It transferred weavers from the Persian city of Isfahan and established new manufacturing warehouses. By the 1950's, Nain began winning glory for its remarkable carpet centers.A Brief History of Mughal Carpets
It was in the mid 20 century that masters of Nain created famous cold blue-white and blue-beige carpet of their range. Typically, nainy weaving of wool (a version of wool with silk) on the basis of cotton. Most silk is used for border patterns and better "drawing" arabesques. The best rugs from Nain are considered to be those manufactured and exclusively designed by Habibian. These rugs differ highly in density. Often these rugs and carpets are made of pure silk. Carpets of Nain Habibian produced in small numbers, just a few hundred pieces a year.
Once Habibian Nains used to be considered very important carpets in the Nain family. Today, there are a lot of carpets on the market that are signed Habibian Nains but are not made by Habibian families and are for sale in the American and Canadian markets. Regular Nains mostly come in an ivory colored background with blue and beige accents. Sometimes the blue is more deeply pronounced and sometimes it is made of a lighter blue. There are however exceptions. Sometimes, these carpets come in vibrant red and vibrant green colors.
Carpet weaving was brought to India by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century and are known as Mughal carpets (or Moghul/Mogul carpets). It is said that when Babur came to India, he was disappointed by lack of luxuries there. He missed the luxuries of Persia, which included the Persian carpet. Akbar laid the foundation of carpet weaving tradition in India, in 1520 AD, when he brought some carpet weavers from Persia, at his palace in Agra. With their support he established carpet weavings centers at Agra, Delhi and Lahore to facilitate production of Persian styled carpets, which were inspired by designs from the Persian cities of Kirman, Kashan, Isfahan and Herat.
Indian empire flourished in northern India and a part of its southern region from 1526 to 1857. It came to an end, when its last emperor, Muhammad Bahadur Shah fled into exile from the English to Burma. The Mughal Empire was ruled by six emperors: Babur (1526-1530), Humayun (1530-1555), Akbar (1556-1605), Jahangir (1605-1627), Shah Jahan (1628-1658) and Aurangzeb (1658-1707). The shah Akbar was particularly fond of art, including that of fine carpet weaving. During the construction of the city Fatehpur Sikri, Shah Akbar organized numerous art workshops. His craftsmen adopted Persian techniques and designs to produce fine carpets for their Mughal lord.
Mughal carpets were as intricate as their miniatures and often depicted court life, animals and floral decorations. Mughal carpets were brightly coloured and the hand knotted silk carpets had 4224 knots per square inch. Some of the most exclusive carpets were created during the Mughal reign for the Mughal emperors and their courts, each carpet unlike the other but infused with a common magic of colours and design.