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3' 4" x 14' 4" (102cm x 437cm) Circa 1875
BAKSHAISH RUNNER, Northwest Persian
3' 4" x 14' 4"
102cm x 437cm
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("New Arrivals Gallery")Well-loved for their unaffected aesthetic and robust natural coloring, the most unique and creative 19th-century Bakshaish rugs such as this unforgettable runner offer an intense tribal vitality that is certain to delight both seasoned and new viewers. 8-1/2 uniquely contoured cruciform medallions ascend the narrow field, while constant variation in hue, starting with the brilliantly unapologetic shift from a coral to a turquoise base, creates continual surprise and movement. Throughout, a multitude of seldom-encounter dyes, iconic patterning, and creatively abstracted boteh (paisley-like forms) in its series of asymmetrical borders elevate this supremely artistic runner to even greater rarity, as does its excellent condition at nearly 1-1/2 centuries old.
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