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Rashtizadeh Rug

Among the vast variety of Persian hand-weaves, the Silk Qom hand-woven carpet has always had a very special position because of its quality, designs and patterns and of course its color palettes.

Rashtizadeh rug started from the ground up in 1939 and ever since then has been a pioneer in creating artistic Qom rugs.

As an acknowledged fact among rugs scholars and enthusiasts, Rashtizadeh rug has made many reformations in various original designs resulting in making new unique and different styles in weaving silk rugs which makes Rashtizadeh rugs distinctive and recognizable among others. Another thing that makes Rashtizadeh rugs further distinctive and unique is the way different patterns are combined to result in a whole new design. As time went on, with the growing popularity of Rashtizadeh rugs in the market, this brand-new style of weaving became a new trend among Qom hand-woven carpet producers.

Use of mellow colors and utilizing that in spreading a sense of balance and unity in the entirety of the design leaves the viewing eyes in awe, leaving scholars and proud owners of these rugs no choice but to admire the sheer creativity and impeccable taste in the creation of such art.

In Rashtizadeh rugs, we spend a significant time choosing the right colors as we firmly believe that colors are the key to express the sense of artistic beauty that we want our viewers to feel. Not to mention that only the right colors can make a design appear in the most harmonic form.

Whether it’s silk, wool or the natural colors that we integrate in our rugs, our materials are of the highest quality. The weavers that we work with are the best at what they do. At Rashtizadeh, we are always supportive of our weavers and keep them motivated through the entire weaving process while supervising them as well. All of these add up to the guaranteed top notch quality that our collections have always been known for.

 

Master Ali Tajer Rashti (Rashtizadeh)

Master Ali Tajer Rashti (Also known as Rashtizadeh) was born in the fall of 1923 in Kashan.

In 1939, with a new idea in his head and 4000 Rials in his pocket, he moved to Qom. Immediately he started to buy wool and started spinning those wool in order to make woolen yarns and threads with his own hands. Since his hand-made threads had such high quality, his work became quickly popular and soon he started his very own wool spinning workshop.

As time swept forward, the master became interested in Persian rug and acknowledged it as an original and traditional Persian art that resembles Persian culture at its finest. In his opinion, Persian rug is an art and its finest form could only be achieved by having a correct understanding of harmonic composure of colors along with the masterful work of the weavers’ hands and applying those two in original Persian designs. With those ideas in his head, he then proceeded to set the first rugs weaving loom in his wool spinning workshop. Afterwards he managed to weave a 2x3 meter rug. The motifs used in the design of his first work where inspired from Gelims that he saw in mosques. Since he truly loved that piece but later sold it, he always fancied seeing it again.

Ever since the start, he always expressed his interest in different combinations of colors and patterns and the fact that the correlation between colors and design lays the foundation of creating a masterpiece. In that regard he always had a keen eye for finding skilled designers and painters. This resulted in various cooperation with some of the best artists such as the late Nasr-ol-lah Khan Naqash Zadeh, Reza Sanei and Ismael Khan who stayed at master Rashtizadeh’s home for months and revived some old designs that had been long forgotten by redrawing them as the master requested.

He managed to revive 400 forgotten designs with his unique vision and taste during his 70-year-long career which helped Persian rug significantly evolve. His artistic views and ideas helped reforming many original Persian rug designs and that has led to the creation of some unique and magnificent pieces of art.

Master Mohammadreza Tajer Rashti (Rashtizadeh)

As the only child of the late master Ali Rashtizadeh, the first person to use silk in Qom rugs, he simultaneously started to learn the art of the trade and production of rugs in his teenage years under the supervision of his father. Later in his life, his father sent him to France so that he could continue his studies. After living in Paris for 33 years, he returned to Iran due to his father’s request and doing so he started a new chapter of his life living and working alongside his parents.

After the unfortunate passing of his father, the duty of managing Rashtizadeh rug fell on Mohammadreza’s shoulder. His unique creativity and skillsets helped him take leaps rather than steps in design, supervising the process of weaving and providing the required material for the business. He also managed to utilize technology and by applying technological advancements while staying true to the traditional roots at the same time, he successfully modernized both technical and artistic aspects of the weaving process. It is safe to say that he succeeded in further developing his father’s legacy, making it more magnificent than it already was.

The first time he started working on rug design, it was as if he found a new means to express his artistic vision.

Even though he has his own unique style in both design and color, Master Mohammadreza Rashtizadeh keeps producing rugs with his father’s old designs as well.

“Since I see my father’s work as art, I keep his style alive as a part of my production line”. -Mohammadreza Rashtizadeh on his late father’s legacy

In a never-done-before attempt, Mohammadreza Rashtizadeh started weaving luxurious contemporary rugs by order. He visited many professional decoration specialists in Paris, London and Geneva and very closely analyzed their modern decorative designs. These experiences helped him have an impeccable understanding of harmonic colors. Later on with all those ideas and experiences and also inspired by old Persian rug designs such as Bakhshayesh, Farahan and applying the designs of European textiles of the 70s, he created some unique pieces, namely Laleh-ye-Atashin (the flaming tulip), Sarvestan (the garden of cypresses), Gozargah (the passage), Darb-e-Behesht (the door to heaven), Gol-e Panj Par (pentapetalous), Setare-ye Hasht Par (eight-pointed star).

Mohammadreza Rashtizadeh has always held his father’s legacy in high regards and in order to properly represent his father’s name and to keep his loving memories alive, along with representing the true place of Iranian art and artists, he founded the Rashtizadeh foundation in 2014.

So far, this foundation has held 7 conventions known as Master Rashtizadeh’s Golden Knot (started on December 7, 2014 and has been held on the same day each year ever since) and 4 rug designing competitions since 2016.

Master Rashtizadeh believes that rug is not merely a product; but rather an art, through which we can relive the stories of weavers and everyone who was involved in the creation of one piece and even stories of our own.