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7' 0" x 11' 11" (213cm x 363cm) Circa 1875
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BIJAR CAMELHAIR, Northwest Persian
7' 0" x 11' 11"
213cm x 363cm
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("New Arrivals Gallery") Originating from the famed weaving center of Bijar, this luminous, rare camelhair carpet is the result of Kurdish color creation and combining. From the tradition of double-wefted, heavy wool foundations that earned the moniker "Iron Rug of Persia", this Bijar presents a luxurious, mocha-toned camel's hair field, creating a sense of depth through exquisitely rendered color striation. At its heart, a sculpted stepped medallion contains a splendid galaxy of gently compressed, botanical elements with captivating arrangements of jade green leaves, salmon-hued rosettes, and ivory flower heads. The saffron-based ground of the spectacular conjoined spandrels glowingly showcases the "guli farang" or foreign flower, the European cabbage rose motif that so enamored Persian weavers. This stately room-size carpet remains in very good condition at over 140 years.
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