This silk masterpiece was handwoven during the late 20th century at the Mohammedi atelier in Qum.
The field design is of the interior of Vank Cathedral in Isfahan and is rendered with realistic dimensionality in stunning detail including the stained glass windows, woven rugs, and paintings that adorn the space. Vank Cathedral was established in 1606 following the forced relocation of hundreds of thousands of Armenians to Isfahan by Shah Abbas war with the Ottomans. The rug is woven in very fine silk that magnifies a cacophony of colors including reds, blues, oranges, and greens among other tones. It is framed by detailed arabesque border with scenic cartouches that alternate between the exterior of the church and Mount Ararat (Մասիս). Mount Ararat is the national symbol of Armenians and is located in the traditional Armenian highlands in modern-day Turkey. It is considered sacred and thought to be the resting place of Noah's Ark.
There are inscriptions in two cartouches near the top of the rug that says woven by Mohammedi of Qum for Vank Church of Isfahan. Mohammedi is a renowned master weaver based in Qum which became one of the countries premier weaving centers in the late 20th century.
In mint condition, Finely woven silk with a dense but graceful handle that tickles the hand.