CHAPPAQUA COLLECTION: This awe-inspiring antique Ferahan Sarouk carpet is one of the crown jewels of the Collection. The centuries old Ferahan (or Feraghan) artistic tradition has yielded some of the most memorable medallion carpets ever made. In this mid-19th century large room size antique carpet, the medallion evokes an island garden, floating on a striated midnight indigo field of great depth. Layers of color, including an exceptional teal green, fill its grand expanse, made charming by myriad delicately drawn, tiny flowers. The naturalistic theme is continued by boughs extending into the field and exquisite spandrels where a staggering diversity of flower forms are presented. This superlative Persian carpet represents the height of Ferahan creativity and craftsmanship during the 1800s. The breadth of its tonality, the masterful control of its large and small-scale motif, the luminosity of its wool, the fineness of its weave and its excellent condition collaborate to create a highly collectible, extraordinarily appealing antique rug.