SERAPI, Northwest Persian (SOLD)
9ft 8in x 12ft 0in
Late 19th Century
(Featured in catalog Vol. 28, No. 2, p.1) Antique Persian Serapis are perennial client favorites for their exquisite palette of colors and their versatility in a very wide range of decorative settings. Within the broad label of Serapi, there are very primitive, folkloric pieces as well as works with a great deal of formality, such as this particular example. Here grand arching wreath branches above and below the the medallion add a regal note to the precisely balanced design, as does the potent crimson ground and classic shah abbas border. Artistically, the soft washes of expertly dyed striation in the beautiful field are meant to reflect to the changes of light throughout the day, adding much enjoyment for the owner. This majestic 19th century village piece uses extremely lustrous wool and is preserved in outstanding floor condition.