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It is difficult to conceive of a more perfect Oriental rug and the general consensus of opinion is that this Ispahan is one of the finest that has ever come into the Western world.

Woven in the middle of the 18th century, for the Royal Palace, at a time when Mohammedan religious zeal was at its height in Persia, the essential purpose of the design is to sum up the vital principles of that faith, and to weave into an imperishable texture the ten commandments of Mohammedanism.

It is a Persian Shah's Prayer Rug, and as such embodies the finest workmanship, material and designing that these wonderful workers were capable of producing. The material is purest silk and gold; the weave is so fine that over one thousand knots have been compressed into one square inch. The coloring has so mellowed through age that it resembles a masterpiece of Raphael or Tintoretti.

After hating been for several generations in the Persian Palaces it came, through conquest, into Constantinople. During the recent disturbances attending the change of government in Turkey it was among the property of a reactionary Turkish nobleman and was therefore confiscated and sold by the Young Turks.

A literal translation of the Arabic inscriptions will be found in the second chapter.

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