Antique Afshar, Persia, late nineteenth century. Afshar carpets like this are notable for combining classical design traditions with the abstraction and expressiveness of tribal rug weaving. Here the classical heritage reigns supreme in the field, where an allover pattern of fine palmettes unfolds in a closely worked, staggered arrangement. Still, the larger medallions arranged in a four-fold diamond grouping at either end of the field derive from the more abstract, geometric tradition of tribal weaving, as does the main border of cruciform motifs flanked by ‘running dog’ minor borders. The rich, saturated quality of the color is also classic Afshar, with its deep terracotta and greens set off nicely by pale blue and gold.
Size: 5. ft 03 in x 14 ft 03 in (1.60 m x 4.34 m)