Ghoum - Carpet - 77 cm - 57 cm

Ghoum - Carpet - 77 cm - 57 cm
Silk on silk, Tribute to the poet Hafez and the historical roots of Persia - Iran - Late 20th century

This beautiful Ghoum (Qum), made entirely of high quality silk, is an extraordinary tribute to Hafez - possibly the most popular of the Persian poets, who lived from 1315 to 1390 in Shiraz (large city in southern Persia) - and to Fars, the region where Shiraz is the capital and where the historical roots of the Persian population are found. To have an idea of the popularity and prestige of Hafez among Persians, just remember that according to a local saying, each home should have, as well as a copy of the Koran, a copy of the Collection of Poems ('Divan') by Hafez. The name Hafez means 'he who knows the Koran by heart', and it is maybe because of this that Persians open the 'Divan' at random to read their future in the verses that appear before their eyes (an almost ritual habit, known as "faal-e Hafez"). On the medallion of the rug, in a light colour and diamond-shaped, depicted among the trees in bloom, is the tomb of Hafez - housed in an elegant structure with eight marble columns supporting a copper dome in the shape of a dervish hat (the Sufic confraternity of Hafez) - which is accessed by an equally elegant circular staircase. This tomb is a continual place of visitors, often animated by a feeling of adoration, usually reserved for saints and national heroes. In the rug, mystical symbols of ascent towards the divine (incarnated by polychrome butterflies, present on the cantonals, for their mysterious metamorphosis from caterpillar to multi-coloured winged insect) are harmoniously and magically intertwined with symbols that put great emphasis on the historical importance of the Fars territory. Indeed, it is here that the greatest empire of the antique world originated and where, in the neighbouring ruins of the antique capitals of Persia - Pasargadae and Persepolis - the remains of the palaces and tombs of those who were the most glorious 'Kings of kings' of the Achaemenid Empire can still be admired, as well as the remains of the Temples of fire of Zoroastrianism (whose everlasting flame, symbol of immortality, is represented by the numerous Boteh, all different in colour and size, that decorate the field and the edge of the rug). In the Qom cantonals, inside an eight-pointed star, symbol of light, the Shahs of Persia are depicted along with the Governors of Fars, who, over 5 centuries, wanted to transform the tomb of the great poet into a beautiful place of pilgrimage, meditation and participation. The greatness of Hafez, who was authoritatively and effectively defined "the best musician of words" of all time, radiates in these wonderful verses of love, that can be read in a mystical way or in a sensual way: "I would lay out my heart like a rug under your footsteps, but I fear for your feet the thorns with which you have pierced it." This fine collectable rug, which shows an extraordinary harmony of colours, the main one being red, a good luck symbol of joy and happiness, has a knot density of over 900,000 knots per square metre. It has never been used (not even as a tapestry) and was imported to the EU before 03/04/2000. The original certificate of authenticity is available.

Lot details
77 cm
57 cm
Silk on silk, Tribute to the poet Hafez and the historical roots of Persia
Country of Origin
Manufacturing period
Late 20th century
In very good condition
Rug professionally cleaned
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