5' 4" x 9' 3" (163cm x 282cm) Circa 1875
QASHQAI SHISHBOLUKI, Southwest Persian
5' 4" x 9' 3"
163cm x 282cm
This superb tribal rug from Southwest Persia proudly exhibits innovations in composition and color that are very rarely seen. Three individualized hooked diamond medallions hold court to a multitude of symbolic motifs, including tiny sprouting botehs, elemental trees of life and totally eccentric elaborated checkerboards. In their midst exists a plethora of animal forms ranging from barber pole striped canines, polychromatic pheasants and enormous ivory shamanic stags that contain yet more creatures within. Every life form is comfortable within the larger population, each executed with breathtaking clarity in a truly kaleidoscopic range of vivid naturally dyed jewel hues of saffron derived amber, emerald green, twilight sapphire and rich carnelians. Its boteh vine inspired borders are highly novel and result from the intrepid spontaneity of the weaver. Incredibly, this cosmological rug remains in robust condition with intact kilims
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