Southeast Persian Antique Rug
4' 2" x 5' 6" (127cm x 168cm) Late 19th Century
The designs of this lyrical antique Persian Afshar rug are tremendously evocative and one-of-a-kind, blending both floral and deconstructed animal elements. The delicate chain of boteh ("Seed of Life") motifs around the reserve are a very unusual and elegant feature that adds pinpoint refinement to this rug's composition. Evidence of refinement continues in the architectural greek keyframing of the medallion - a tremendously difficult effect Afshar rug weavers achieved freehand without using a cartoon. Rather than the limited colors often encountered in rugs of this genre, a myriad of well-chosen and complementary natural hues are thoughtfully integrated throughout the carpet.
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