Runners are not typically seen as first tier collectible material; they are usually relegated to the categories of functional, utilitarian or decorative pieces. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and this colorful Shahsevan runner is surely exceptional. Against a modulated indigo ground a central column of octagons is drawn, reminiscent of classical Northwest Persian cartouche borders. On either side of the piece, elements from the repertoire of Shahsevan tribal folk weaving are drawn in large scale. These include fantastic camels, smaller quadrupeds, human figures, abstracted trees and flowering plants, and a host of purely geometric motifs including large Turkmen quartered guls. This fantasy landscape is framed by a colorful border of diagonal stripes.
Northwest Persian runnerMid 19th C.
- 3' 7"
- 11' 8"
- RUG ID: