Shah Abbasi Carpet Design
Shah Abbasi is the name of the main flowers in Iranian traditional design. Since the great Shah Abbas, one of the emperors and kings of Safavid era was known traditional Iranian designing and carpet weaving himself, this flower attributed to him. The origin of this plant motif came back to pomegranate flower and the Mithraism believes too. In another words it is a kind of sacred flower which the roots of it can be searched in millenniums before of Iran history. Using this element is common in Kashan, Isfahan, and Mashhad and Nain carpets weaving and also in carpets that copy the Persian style such as India, China and Pakistan. Shah Abbasi is one of the original and basic Iranian carpet designs. The medallion or central part of this pattern has a main role here in a way that captures the eyes. It is dominant motif and all four corners designate to it directly. The medallion divided to four same pieces and each of the same quarter will be filled each corner of the field. To the subgroups of the main design such names as Afshan, quarter medallion, arboreal, animal, Sheikh Safi, etc. are attributed.