(Connoisseur-Caliber) Absolutely enchanting whenever encountered, pictorial antique Kashan rugs are seldom seen, and this exceptionally finely woven piece is a showstopper. A composition of profusely flowering boughs arises from the central tree and flanking bushes, hosting a gracefully nesting avian family and an array of other exotic birds in a variety of shapes, sizes, and plumage. Architectural motifs are unusual to see in antique Persian rugs, and the beautiful coastal cityscape in the near distance, where the horizon between the ocean and seagull-filled sky are delineated by deliberate abrash color shifts, was rendered by an expert hand. Populating the border between three-dimensional tea roses are lozenge-shaped windows that contain differing vistas of the city. The glowing palette of Kashan hues is still radiant after six score years. Still in near full pile condition, the top-quality wool imbues this rug with an inherent glistening effect. TA

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