SULTANABAD, West Central Persian
8ft 8in x 13ft 0in
Late 19th Century
The field of this unquestionably singular Sultanabad rug features a wondrously lyrical allover pattern of overscale abstracted flower heads amidst swirling vinery that forms a keyhole -shaped latticework. Closer inspection reveals more subtly drawn, underlining forest green vinery, creating a sense of dimensionality to the field. Framing the field in innovative fashion is a wide main border that displays a masterfully rendered vinery arabesque that is regularly adorned with vastly overscale blossoms and bouquets in vases. Here, daring "abrash" (intentional striation of color), shifts unexpectedly from royal to cornflower and finally to Prussian blue at the very top. In this 140-year-old wonderfully preserved Persian village rug, high-decoration marries with fine art to glory effect.