Kurdish weavings from Northwest Persia during the 18th and early 19th century are some of the most vibrant and dynamic from any region or group during the post-classical period. This magnificent Kurdish rug, from the far north enclave of Saj Bulagh, represents a melding of forms formulated earlier during the Safavid period (1501-1736) with a strong emerging local Kurdish village tradition. The alternating octagons and cartouches of the border are reminiscent of Northwest Persian examples from as far back as the late 15th century, though here they have been fully adapted to accommodate a new Kurdish village sensibility. The field draws a mixture of curvilinear, almost naturalistic, vegetal elements from the repertoire of 18th century 'harassing' design with more geometric elements. There are even such folk devices as horses and a rider. The color of this rug is superlative and radiant and uses a full spectrum of vegetal dyes. Likewise, the wool is soft, lustrous, and a tactile delight. While much of the brown ground has corroded, a natural phenomenon due to the use of an iron mordant traditionally used for fixing brown dye, a pleasant and very desirable sculptural effect has been created.
Sauj Bulaghc. 1800
- Very good condition. The brown knots having corroded anywhere from down to the top of the knot heads to completely. There are some small rewoven areas.
- 5' 0"
- 8' 0"
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