Northwest Persian Antique Carpet
8' 11" x 12' 2" (272cm x 371cm) Circa 1875
(Connoisseur-Caliber - Investment Level)
Price upon request
("New Arrivals Gallery") Offering one-of-a-kind artistry for the connoisseur and brilliant decorative potential, this very seldom found Serapi camelhair is a particularly exciting member of our vast selection of 19th-century carpets. An implied medallion can be found at the center, outlined by floating flowers and burgundy vines. In a clever visual program, the crystalline blossom at the center asserts a gravitational pull on the stylized botanical forms in its orbit. This buoyant, earthy piece is rife with many inventive idiosyncrasies, the hallmark of this village style. Large chromatically varied palmette and frond shapes further lend a hidden structure to the spirited field pattern, where no two elements are rendered in the same way. A resonant mid-tone palette of naturally brewed wool dye ensures that every sensually drawn motif stands out crisply against a wonderfully warm camel backdrop. Augmented by these splendorous hues and brightened by ivory highlights is a border pattern that eschews the oft-used Shah Abbas design and is possibly original to this rug. With such a delectable array of glowing naturally dyed hues, the precision of its drawing, and its preserved pile condition, this casual art carpet would be equally at home in an eclectic contemporary or ultra-modern decor as it would in a Mediterranean or other traditional setting.
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