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3' 9" x 8' 11" (114cm x 272cm) Late 19th Century
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BAKSHAISH RUNNER, Northwest Persian
3' 9" x 8' 11"
114cm x 272cm
Late 19th Century
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("New Arrivals Gallery") Fine antique Persian Bakshaish runners are doubly prized for their great rarity and uniquely unaffected, joyful artistry. This magnificent example demonstrates both of these qualities, presenting the well-loved Herati design with exuberant creativity. This traditional motif is expressed by a spectacular assortment of unexpected hues, including rich carnelian, deep mint green, and russet brown and presents a very relaxed and overscale rendition, in contrast to most of the Persian weaving syles' work that is exceedingly tightly compressed. An expertly crafted five-border suite introduces painstaking meanders on a small scale, creating delightful contrasts. An additional dividend is this antique carpet's excellent, heavier-pile condition.
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