Antique Sarouk, Persia, circa 1910 - This lavish and unusual antique Persian Sarouk has a medallion design set within an open field. While much of the composition stems from classical Persian design tradition, a great deal of the detail consists of naturalistic roses and flowers that undoubtedly reflect the design of French Aubusson and Savonnerie carpets, as does the cartouche-like frame within the cornerpieces, and the reliance on reds, lavenders, and soft green colors. The vinescroll palmette border takes us back squarely into classical Persian tradition, although it complements the western-influenced field design remarkably well. The dramatic contrast between the pastel coloration and the open, deep navy field is quite striking.
Size: 10 ft 11 in x 15 ft 06 in (3.33 m x 4.72 m)