Pakistani Sultanabad by I.M. International, 8 feet 7 inches by 11 feet 8 inches.
As I was finishing the first edition of this book, a new Pakistani production was coming on line called I. M. International. We had seen the company’s first rugs and were so impressed that we suggested they were among the best in the world. I. M. International has lived up to its promise.
Today the company is a major force in the rug world, contributing scores of designs, all of them superior to ordinary Pakistani natural-dye carpets. Turkish-born Izi Mizrahi produced rugs in his native country for fifteen years before moving production to the Afghan refugee camps of Pakistan. There he has made them mostly in Persian and Caucasian designs with natural dyes and hand-spun wool. His color choices are consistently good; his carpets have good body; his quality control is among the best; his rugs have a nice, old look; the best of them are simply gorgeous.
A Pakistani Karadja rug by I.M. International. It’s hard to imagine that its 100-year-old prototype from north Persia was any more attractive than this.