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Southwest Persian Antique Rug
3' 8" x 5' 4" (112cm x 163cm) Late 19th Century
ABADEH, Southwest Persian
3' 8" x 5' 4"
112cm x 163cm
Late 19th Century
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Located at an elevation of 6200 feet along the primary road between Shiraz and Isfahan in Southwest Persia, the town of Abadeh created robust rugs with striking geometric designs inspired by the Qashqai tribespeople who had their summer pastures nearby. Woven well before the commercial period took hold, it possesses endlessly nuanced hues and continually evolving patterns. Abstract poppies and budding bushes join other botanical motifs within a luminous blue hexagonal reserve in an energetic garden scape. At the center is a stylized ivory rosette echoed in the four corners known as the "Heybalou" pattern. A panoply of individually drawn ornaments is placed asymmetrically, both horizontally and vertically, so that the viewer does not immediately perceive why this piece is so visually stunning until studying it more closely. Another strong suit is its quite durable heavier pile.
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