|Name||Isfahan - Tree of Life|
|Size in feet ||6'2" x 4'2"|
|Size in meters||1.88 x 1.26|
|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)|
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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.A Brief History of Tree of Life Carpets
The concept of a?tree of life?as a many-branched tree illustrating the idea that all life on earth is related has been used in?science,?religion,?philosophy,?mythology, and other fields including the art of carpet weaving for centuries. There has always been a great classical tradition of carpets depicting the Tree of Life. Since ancient times, this symbol in oriental carpets has represented the direct path from earth to heaven. It distinguishes itself from other carpet patterns in that it is based on one of the oldest and most universal of all religious and mythological symbols in human history. Reference to a ?Tree of Life? as the connecting link between the human and heavenly worlds are found in ancient cultures spanning throughout Europe, Asia Minor and the Orient.?
In fact, trees have always been important symbols in the religion of?Jews,?Christians, and?Muslims. The Tree of Life is a mystical symbol used in the?Kabbalah?of esoteric?Judaism?to describe the path to God and the manner in which he created the world?out of nothing. Kabbalists believe it to be a diagrammatic representation of the process by which the Universe came into being. It symbolises that point beyond which our comprehension of the origins of being cannot go. Kabbalists do not envision time and space as pre-existing, and place them at the next three stages on the Tree of Life.?The?Tree of Life?in the?Book of Genesis?is a?tree?planted by?God?in midst of the?Garden of Eden, whose fruit gives everlasting life, i.e.?immortality. Together with the Tree of Life, God planted the?tree of the knowledge of good and evil?(Genesis 2:9). In Islam, the Tree of Life symbolizes the bridge between Paradise, the world of men and the world below. It is usually used in conjunction with a garden, vase or prayer rug design.?In?Baha'i Faith, it can refer to the?Manifestation of God, a great teacher who appears to humanity from age to age. The concept can be broken down still further, with the Manifestation as the roots and trunk of the tree and his followers as the branches and leaves. The fruit produced by the tree nourishes an ever-advancing civilization. A distinction has been made between the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The latter represents the physical world with its opposites, such as good and evil and light and dark. In a different context from the one above, the Tree of Life represents the spiritual realm, where this duality does not exist. This symbol is also found in the?Norse saga?of the ash tree?Yggdrasil, where the tree provides a magical spring water of knowledge. There is a similar mythology in?China, where a carving of a Tree of Life depicts a bird and a?dragon- in?Chinese mythology, the dragon often represents immortality.
Several workshop groups in Persia, Anatolia, India and Pakistan produce extremely intricate and naturalistic interpretations of the Tree of Life scheme. More stylized and geometric versions are found on a number of village and nomadic rugs from Persia, Anatolia and Afghanistan.? It is also a popular field decoration on Belouch prayer rugs. Today, the traditional Tree of Life design can be found blended with traditional Persian carpets such as Isfahans, Kirmans (Kermans), Qums, Semnans and Veramins.