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Hadi Maktabi  Upcoming show: L’Empire des Roses @Louvre | Rare Carpets (1911) | PhD Oxford | Auction & Museum Consultant | Contr. Editor Hali | All pix & text ©

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Wild Thing ⚡️ An archaic early Bakhshayesh circa 1860 that breaks the laws of symmetry. An electrified medallion with a white aura. Plus a sparkling white border and sky blue spandrels with stylised dragons 🐉
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Humpday 🏋️‍♀️ The world’s mightiest antique Baluch saddlebag—complete, huge and with a gorgeous kilim back. The sheer size (335 x 83 when unfurled; 180 x 83 when sealed back) and saturated rich dye materials indicate it was woven for camel 🐪 back storage by Baluch nomads around the mid 19th century. A collector’s wet dream!

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Drink to me only with thine eyes /
And I will pledge with mine /
Or leave a kiss but in the cup /
And I’ll not look for wine /
Celebrating those unforgettable moments that sweep you off your feet and take your breath away—happy Valentines folks! #makelovenotwar #happyvalentinesday #benjohnson #englishpoetry #vivelamour #takemybreathaway #sweepmeoffmyfeet #amoureux #amorous #lovestory #crazylittlethingcalledlove #thatthingyoudo #loveisintheair #loveisthedrug #ruglife #tabrizcarpet #persianart #hadimaktabi

Wishing y’all a lovey dovey Valentines with romance that never wilts just like this 150 year old bouquet of roses 🌹 #HadiMaktabi #biglove #amourtoujours #vivelamour #muchoamor #tuttolamoredelmondo

Old Master.

An extremely rare 13 sqm ivory ground carpet signed by that most famous of classical Kashan artists: Grand Master Dabir.

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“Paris vaut bien une messe.” (Paris is well worth a mass; Henri IV, July 25 1593.) Two centuries before the French Revolution separated Church from State, the rightful heir to the French throne wasn’t allowed into Paris because he was a Protestant in a Catholic majority country. His pragmatic realpolitik won the day as he converted and seized he throne, thus ending the French Wars of Religion.

Attending mass at La Notre Dame brought this back to me as I imagined how opulent and rich in ceremony that event must have been. Plus, a chance to show off the sensational north wall stained glass window.

#notredamedeparis #notredame #henriIV #parisjetaime #bourbon #laicite #laique #catholic #counterreformation #huguenot #protestant #reformation #realpolitik #parisvautbienunemesse

Pure silk Tabriz in our window this week. This was custom woven in our atelier and signed by us. Edition 1/1.

As y’all know, Persian silk carpets are associated with Qom—so we decided to try something different. The meandering arabesque border is of Safavid origin. Turquoise blue has always been a favorite color of mine 💙

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This image haunted me during my 22nd winter as I read Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo. It is one of my favourite two novels and the @penguinbooks edition I had while at @oxford_uni featured this portrait on the cover: a brooding visage of wrathful intelligence that captivated me. Only years later would I learn that this in fact was an auto portrait by the mercurial Jacques Louis David while in jail following the guillotining of Robespierre. Chilling.

Ave Maria.

The simply incredible south nave stained glass window at la Notre Dame de Paris. Philippe Auguste’s landmark amazes and uplifts 800 years later.
And then the angels sang.

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The world’s smallest prayer rug.
This antique Baluch is just under half a meter long. With a soft camel hair field and the mysterious Hands of Fatima, is it a child’s rug or a more mystic magical affair?

#hadimaktabi #alwaysthebest #antiquerugs #alittlebitofmonica #alittlebitofmagic #alittlebitofheaven #baluch #tribalrug #prayerrug #camelhair #handsoffatima #prayerlife #minimalist #minime #itsybitsy #teenyweeny

Our night at the museum.. not just any museum and not simply a tourist’s blind path. We geared the kids up to embark on a treasure hunt with secret clues hiding across the Louvre’s innumerable artworks.

Here the #maktaboys are admiring Fra Angelico’s brilliant ‘Coronation of the Virgin’, completed in 1432 with a grace that lifts your gaze upwards (literally to Heaven). It boasts some truly out of this world colours. Among the crisp green and knockout red, the lapis lazuli blue stands out for me and no doubt engages all my stalking former @aub_lebanon students.

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But it’s still up in my Insta stories .. #protest #inthenameofart #mindlesscensorship #donkeyoftheday

Hard Rock 👊

This is a piece of rock. Not glass. Fashioned out of rock that is so hard it has become transparent and translucent. Almost as hard as diamonds and today probably more expensive. I have found this group of 6 or 7 known carved rock crystal jugs to be the supreme climax of Islamic Art. They are all hollowed and sculpted—from the inside, via tiny necks some 3 cm in diameter. The work of Fatimid Egypt a thousand years ago and every bit as majestic as its pyramids, how did they do it?

#IslamicArt #museedulouvre #louvremuseum #fatimid #egypt #rockcrystal #solidrock #hardrock #miracle #crystaljewelry

Late night cravings 👣

A dated Caucasian prayer rug, probably Gendje. Now look 👀 at it again and digest the majesty of that stripy border kaleidoscope
#goodnight🌙 #lullabye #latenightcravings #caucasian #prayerrug #caucasianrug #comingsoon #hadimaktabi #alwaysthebest #magicalmysterytour #zigzag #stripes #colorsplash #ohdear #kaleidoscope #naturaldyes #ihavethisthingwithcolor #ihavethisthingwithrugs #lucyintheskywithdiamonds

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