4' 7" x 6' 5" (140cm x 196cm) Circa 1900
$8,800, with 20% courtesy: $7,040
KURDISH CAMELHAIR, Northwest Persian
4' 7" x 6' 5"
140cm x 196cm
Kurdish weavers were renowned for a startlingly wide range of patterns, and this unique camelhair rug follows that highly successful paradigm. Festooned with a cheerful array of festive polychrome garlands suspending vibrantly toned mini-medallions that hover over an effulgent camel field in hues of warm chestnut shifting to sand as the eye scrolls upward. Within each resulting compartment are fascinating tribal mask-like abstracted flowerheads, some of which are cleverly shaded to create a three-dimensional effect. The weaver themselves appear as a trio of skirted figures with arms wide open in the top register within the boldly blue indigo main border pattern of striking star-studded roundels and lightning bolt leaf forms.
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