8' 6" x 12' 8" (259cm x 386cm) Circa 1900
$32,000, with 20% courtesy: $25,600
("New Arrivals Gallery") From a village that primarily wove runners and area-size rugs, this room-size antique Karaja is Impressive for its meticulous quality and captivating display of this beloved style's radiant sunburst and iconic star motifs. A balanced, complex "grid" of those signature medallions forms the basis of a strikingly animated visual program, with the unique addition of various ancillary symbols such as octagrams, diamond clusters, stacked chevrons, and free-floating versions of the totemic sunburst surface design. Each serves to amplify the overall splendor and sense of spontaneity. In wonderful heavier-pile condition, its stunning clarity of design is augmented by the natural, velvety surface of unprocessed wool and deeply saturated dyes that softly shift color through a masterfully controlled abrash technique.
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