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Northwest Persian Antique Carpet
9' 7" x 11' 10" (292cm x 361cm) 3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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SERAPI, Northwest Persian
9' 7" x 11' 10"
292cm x 361cm
3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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("New Arrivals Gallery") This jaw-dropping Serapi, with its exquisite palette of earlier magical tonalities and pitch-perfect spacing, is quite a rare offering in today's market. Enveloping the deep indigo centerpiece is a grand 8-petalled medallion holding a series of surrealistic palmettes. The parchment reserve supports a panoply of unabashedly charming, elemental leaves, fronds, and flower heads connected by sprawling vinery. Its tumbling, unrestrained Shah Abbas border is exquisitely folkloric and purposely more loosely drawn than elements in the field, superbly illustrating playful movement and securing undiminished visual interest. As a deeply compelling artwork destined to continue to increase in rarity over time, the allure of a very early Serapi such as this is profound. Combined with its remarkable condition, this piece is well on its way to the apex of its genre. This carpet would be a consummate delight for those who think they have it all.
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