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9' 8" x 11' 0" 3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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BAKSHAISH, Northwest Persian
9' 8" x 11' 0"
3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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(“The Potomac Collection Spring 2019") Among an extraordinary selection of Bakshaish carpets that the three generations of the Potomac family gathered is this incredibly memorable piece revels in exuberant, dynamic asymmetry. From this 19th-century folk art tradition well known for its joyful spontaneity, here an almost freehand improvisation decides the contours of this carpet’s reserve. An astounding sapphire blue medallion levitates within a completely unadorned carnelian sea while ever-more-spacious patterning in the spandrels deconstructs as it ascends. The large, uniquely light continuous zone, from the edge of the warm reserve to the borders, is an unexpected artistic choice, perhaps bidding us to relax and enjoy its world of visual surprise.
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