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West Central Persian
15' 7" x 20' 2" (475cm x 615cm) 3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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FERAHAN, West Central Persian
15' 7" x 20' 2"
475cm x 615cm
3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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("New Arrivals Gallery") Created during the heyday of the Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving, this monumental palace-size carpet was most certainly woven on commission for an important patron. Only one of the finest workshops in the centuries-old large town of Ferahan, renowned for its finely woven splendid carpets, could have achieved this major project for a patron. A large rug completely one-of-a-kind in its design and color, it technically exemplifies the best work from the region. With its intricate pattern of cascading boughs and encircled palmettes, it has no precedent. A close up look at this carpet reveals a multitude of motifs, each without duplication, but a variation on the theme. An unfathomable number of saffron stamens would have been needed to create its primary, very rare golden hue that in the hands of a master dyer became a spectrum of subtle gradations. On its surface, a heavier pile of lamb's wool offers a quietly sumptuous luster.
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