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West Central Persian Antique Carpet
6' 9" x 10' 1" (206cm x 307cm) 3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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FERAHAN SAROUK, West Central Persian
6' 9" x 10' 1"
206cm x 307cm
3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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Prized by enthusiasts, early Ferahan Sarouk carpets such as this are known for the unusually high level of originality in their drawing and design. In this example, the ivory reserve presents an entirely original architectural outline we have never seen in any other rug. Great innovation extends to the equally novel corner spandrels, formed from individual squared facets that frame the delicate pinpoint vinery in their own sheltered niches. Though a majestic grand medallion with expansive winged pendants commands the spacious reserve, it is the willowy tree forms drawn from nature that truly animate the design, imparting a curvilinear counterpoint and swaying movement throughout the surrounding spaces. Exceptionally subtle abrash striation adds texture and visual interest to individual blossom petals within the same flower, an effect clearly drawn from attentive study of the natural world.
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