*This carpet is hand-knotted. Differences in shape, thickness, pattern and sizes can occur.
|Size in feet ||12'2" x 2'5"|
|Size in meters||3.70 x 0.75|
|Pile (Fiber & Yarns Used)||80% Silk, 20% 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 Lotus Flowers
Lotus is native to?Iran, India, China, Vietnam to Japan, Malaysia,?New Guinea?and Australia. It has been held sacred in?Asia?and the?Middle East?for over 5,000 years.?It has been?cultivated?since early times, for religious and ornamental purposes. Lotus flowers have been used throughout history in?South Asia?and have been featured in Buddhist and Hindu art, carpets, textiles, architecture and literature. It was even a?symbolically?important plant before the religions at the time of the Indus Valley civilisation.?The flowers became symbolic of immortality and resurrection because people observed that they would grow from the bottom of dried up pools after the monsoon rains. Despite its early use, it was Buddhism which first brought the lotus symbol to widespread use. Lotus medallions are prominent on the Buddhist places of worship at Sanchi in Madhaya Pradesh and Amaravati in?Andhra Pradesh?dating from the?2nd century BC?to the?2nd century?AD.?As Buddhism spread from India to Central Asia and China in the first few centuries AD, lotus flowers were used to represent Buddha. They featured on rosettes, scrolls, motifs and iconography.?The giant leaves of lotus plants were used as plates in ancient India, and its seeds and roots are still considered a?delicacy. 11th and 12th century texts noted lotus dishes and feasts in which lotus leaves were consumed.?The lotus became a common feature woven into South Asia's culture. This continued with the advent of Islam in the 12th century AD. Lotus flowers had ancient connections with Persian culture, so they were already popular motifs on Islamic carpets, textiles and architecture. They feature in intricate patterns on perforated screens, tiles and ceramics. A Brief History of Isfahan Carpets
Isfahan has long been one of the centers for production of the famous Persian Rug. Weaving in Isfahan flourished in the Safavid era. But when the Afghans invaded Iran, ending the Safavid dynasty, the craft also became stagnant. Not until 1920s, between two world wars, was weaving again taken seriously by the people of Isfahan. They started to weave Safavid designs and once again became one of the most important nexus of the Iranian rug weaving industry. Isfahani carpets today are among the most wanted in world markets, having many customers in western countries. Isfahani rugs and carpets usually have ivory backgrounds with blue, rose, and indigo motifs. Rugs and carpets often have very symmetrical and balanced designs. They usually have a single medallion that is surrounded with vines and palmettos and are of excellent quality. These carpets are often made up of pure silk. A combination of silk and wool is also sometimes found. These materials make up the pile of the rugs, while cotton is usually used to hand knot a strong and durable foundation. In finer Isfahans, silk is used as a base.