This enigmatic Northwest Persian rug is both an exceptionally pleasing weaving in and of itself as well as an important historical document reflecting cross cultural contacts from East Anatolia to as far east as Tibet. Certain features of the 'harshang' palmettes drawn in the filed here as well as the inclusion of the specific guard borders used indicate that this piece descends from a grouping of rugs from the 16th to early 18th centuries almost always found in Tibet and surviving to the present in few other locations. The various rugs and fragments attributed to this group were woven in various centers in what is now Northwest Persia, East Anatolia, and the southern Caucasus, sometimes called 'The golden triangle' by collectors, during a time when the borders and distinctions between these regions was significantly blurred both politically and culturally. While the color palette and design elements of this piece are clearly related to this earlier 'Tibetan group', the weave is discernibly Kurdish relating to 18th and 19th century weavings from the Sauj Bulagh area of Northwest Persia. Turning eastward again, the elongated blossoms and stylized palmettes of the field are reminiscent of elements found in early 'multi-gul' Turkmen carpets and give a clue to the type of Persian models the later were likely based on. Color is saturated and very pleasing and the longer one reflects on this rug the more its subtleties and greatness are revealed.
Kurdish rug19th C (1st Q)
- Obvious wear to the foundation. No holes. Having original side wrapping. Small repairs to corners.
- Being sold on behalf of Mr. Gary Bortz
- 4' 7"
- 8' 10"
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