CHAPPAQUA COLLECTION: The Chappaqua collectors had an unswerving eye for creative brilliance across many different styles of antique Oriental rugs. A stirring example is this classical Persian carpet that achieves technical perfection while expressing a vibrant, paradisiacal beauty. Attributed to the famed Motasham weaving group, it features an extraordinarily fine weave and chiseled lines that reveal the singular Motasham ability to draw even the most miniscule antique carpet design with unfathomable precision. From its majestic teardrop medallion to the tiny birds in the border, every design reveals the same attentive workmanship that has captured the hearts of antique carpet collectors around the world. As producer of mostly area rugs, 19th century Motasham Kashan carpets are very seldom found in the room size and oversize formats, and the best larger rugs are particularly prized. Preserved in excellent condition, this stellar Motasham antique rug is distinguished by a generous presence of persimmon tones, a color that was associated with the workshop, but typically used in far lesser amounts. The effect of this flush of color endows this masterpiece with an elegant, modern ambiance.