7' 11" x 10' 11" (241cm x 333cm) Circa 1900
SERAPI, Northwest Persian
7' 11" x 10' 11"
241cm x 333cm
("New Arrivals Gallery")Antique Serapi carpets rarely use stylized all-over designs, such as the highly inventive large-scale patterns of this dynamic small room-size piece. Its potent watermelon red and mid blue-and gold palette and spaciously displayed blossoms and leaves create a strikingly beautiful visage. Crisp drawing in both the field and border lends an elegant ambiance with a charming undercurrent of constant spontaneity on closer inspection. The formal border design is expressively rendered with spirited color combining. Happily, it is in extraordinarily good condition at 120 years old.
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