Hand knotted in wool originating from the Tabriz region circa 1890-1900, this antique Persian rug employs a dramatic, intricate series of patterns unlike almost anything in our collection with this much emphasis on regal pictorial motifs. Most notably our team has seldom seen an antique Tabriz rug with this preference of depicting this combination of depicted lovers, soldiers, and animal pictorials, let alone prevailing in the border as the dominant motif as in this subtle homage to neoclassic cartouche patterns. The juxtaposition of these depictions with the more animal focused, less symmetrical pictorials—ranging from horseback warriors,, lions, stag and deer, and bird depictions creates an entirely unique sense of movement that draws the eye in such a pleasing allure. This apt control highlights the range of fabulously varied blue, pink, red, green, and gold colorway hues prevailing against the more forgiving beige-brown field and the likewise gentler tones of green in the floral patterns, all elements remarking a distinctive approach negotiating the sensibilities of both the European and Oriental rug market for an iconic Tabriz rug of this period. Connoisseurs will note the emphasis of contrasting subtexts of war and love depicted in the field and border respective, connoting a fascinating variety of cultural interpretations ranging from hunting, marital celebration, royalty, and religious allusions, let alone in this near pristine condition following a special wash from our colleague in Turkey—where the best techniques for maintaining a classic rug of this era are employed. Designers will further note the subtle cream and pink radiance in the beige colorway in considering this magnificent selection for projects welcoming opulence in an area rug. The spacious size, majestic nature, collectibility, and grand color scheme of this piece lend the ideal complement to a luxury dining room rug project, discerning living room projects, and even bedroom rug projects welcoming this masterful balance of richness and vibrance in a hand-made Persian rug.