(Decorative) Persian town rugs such as this superb vintage Bijar are much sought after for the way they combine exquisite drawing with lush botanical richness in palette and motif. Here, a potent ruby red helps to establish strong contrasts in the medallion and cornerpieces, supported by an incredibly intricate allover field latticework. The reserve holds an especially imaginative variation of the traditional Herati design: in this case, one element, the lancelet leaf, is elevated to a major role, creating kaleidoscopic groupings of four that infuse the composition with an ethereal, delicate texture. With a complexity that can draw the eye again and again, this densely woven rug’s excellent condition and robust, heavy wool quality will make it suitable for any space in a family’s home.

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