Antique Serapi, Persia, late nineteenth century. An imposing, monumental stepped medallion in soft green hovers amidst the rich red field of this magnificent antique Serapi. Ivory cornerpieces with stylized birds and flowers complement the medallion and enclose it, linked by vertical tree-like motifs to either side. Sprays of vine and palmettes fill the area around the medallion. A dynamic ‘turtle’ vinescroll border on a variegated green ground echoes the graphic effects and coloration of the medallion. Serapi carpets are distinguished from Herizes more generally by the greater abstraction and power of their design, but this exceptional piece rivals the power and boldness of a Bakshaish.
Size: 9. ft x 11 ft 07 in (2.74 m x 3.53 m)