Carpets from the Heriz district in Northwest Persia are renowned for blending a bold graphic sense with an underlying elegance, and this piece strikes the balance masterfully. A central medallion is drawn in rose madder against a deeper red terracotta ground. While the stepped sides of the medallion are angular and rely on bold geometry, fine curvilinear drawing defines the tendrils and contours of the top and bottom anchoring pendants. A central rosette is drawn with an open ivory center, the petals of which are longer and weighted at the bottom. Serrated, spotted aquamarine leaves are individually rendered to form separate areas of negative space, each with its own proportion to promote a distinct sense of compositional balance. In classic Serapi style, bold angular networks of abstracted foliage and blossoms are drawn in large scale throughout the field and corner pieces. Of particular interest, a small three-blossomed plant variety is drawn growing from the serrated leaves of the central medallion. This motif has its origins in classical Northwest Persian carpets of the 16th century.
Serapi19th C (3rd Q)
- small portion of outer borders rewoven both ends
- 9' 2"
- 12' 1"
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