4' 7" x 7' 0" 2nd Quarter, 19th Century
LAVER KIRMAN, Southeast Persian
4' 7" x 7' 0"
2nd Quarter, 19th Century
(High-Collectible) This over 175-year-old Laver Kirman rug reflects the early approach to design in its floral motifs, made to a certain extent less curvilinear and simplified almost to abstraction. In its lobed cruciform medallion, artfully dissimilar pendants appear to show one continued blossom, giving the formal rug design both spaciousness and restraint. It also offers colors derived from an older dyeing process. Here very settled color tones result from an immersion in the dye bath from one to several months, penetrating deep into the fibers and producing an inimitable patina. Abrash in the exquisite soft blues is continual and understated, moving slowly from rare blue-green at bottom through periwinkle, Prussian blue and celadon. Stirring with the use of a soft, but potent purple rose and a visual liquidity, this brilliant piece offers a window into an era when master rug weavers worked meticulously without time constraint to express a beauty they felt expressed harmonious, cosmic principles. Learn About This Rug Type