Antique Kerman, Persia, late nineteenth centuryThis sumptuous antique Kerman carpet features a classical Persian medallion design. An elaborately-contoured circular medallion in blue expands outward into a soft ivory field replete with additional small flowers and rosettes. Scalloped arabesque cornerpieces frame the field in a lovely, contrasting shade of red. Several narrower borders combine to frame the field, echoing its coloration and minor detail. The drawing is expert, and the palette is rich, recalling the great forerunners of the Safavid period. The velvety wool pile adds the final touch of opulence.
Size: 9. ft 02 in x 14 ft 02 in (2.79 m x 4.32 m)