Southwest Persian Antique Rug
3' 8" x 6' 2" (112cm x 188cm) Circa 1850
QASHQAI KASHKULI, Southwest Persian
3' 8" x 6' 2"
112cm x 188cm
A rug connoisseur's dream, this extremely old yet extraordinarily well-preserved rug from the coveted Kashkuli tribal subgroup splendidly captures the refinement, balanced complexity, and dignity of this esteemed weaving style. At its center is the famous "Hearth of the Eternal Home" motif that adorns many antique Qashqai weavings, joined by two serrated diamond medallions in hunter green enclosing differing floral clusters. Dazzling, ornate botehs (paisley-like motifs) shimmer against the brilliant red ground, each bearing a charming single flower surrounded by minuscule blossoms. Clever alternating of dark and ivory outlining of each blossoming seed adds yet another layer of dimensionality. These delicately rendered paisleys continue within the spandrels that deftly shift hues from top to bottom. A captivating series of borders are almost as significant as the field, providing a stunning frame to this already enchanting piece.
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