|West Persia, Last Quarter 19th Century|
This colourful, ivory field gallery format carpet was probably made for a local upper class landowner. The kalay format was a traditional and not for export layout. The design takes from several distinct traditions. The smoothly edged botehs on the ivory field, alternating in orientation are adapted from those of Senneh rugs and ultimately from the cones on Persian mid 19th century shawls. Shawls were an aristocratic garment in the 19th century both in Iran and Europe. The eight jaunty chickens at each end of the field are a reminder that household fowl played a significant role in Persian cuisine. Every family, even those well off, had them. The colourful millefleurs dark blue lattice corners are encountered on contemporary Persian Bibikabad carpets and across the Caucasian border on Shusha Karabagh gallery carpets. The elaborate red/navy reciprocal main border is also found on top quality Caucasian Shirvan rugs. Still another connection is provided by the simple outermost reciprocal guard:to Kurdish rugs from the Hamadan area. The foundation is all cotton and the single weft relates it to malayer pieces.
This exceptional carpet is formal enough for traditional furnishings,but totally authentic to fit an ethnic, tribal decor. The light field and extraordinary proportions will make a space seem larger and more open.
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