Antique Kerman, Persia, late nineteenth century A dazzlingly complex design of intersecting vinescroll and palmettes unfolds with elegant precision across the field of this exceptional antique Kashan. Through the adroit use of variations in background color, the vines articulate different shapes within the patterning – quatrefoils, eight-pointed stars, and various figure-eight effects. This animates the design, giving it an exciting quality despite the classic restraint of the overall effect. The main border is composed of vines as well, but there they are arranged to produce and undulating reciprocal trefoil design. The palette of gently varied shades of aubergine and ivory is exquisite, a perfect complement to the subtle complexities of the design.
Size: 14 ft x 17 ft 06 in (4.27 m x 5.33 m