This richly colored enigmatic Northwest Persian rug is an exceptionally pleasant weaving as well as an important historical document, as it reflects cross-cultural contacts from East Anatolia to as far east as Tibet. Certain features of the 'harshang' palmettes, drawn in the field, as well as the inclusion of the specific guard borders used indicate that this piece descends from a group of rugs from the 16th to early 18th centuries. These rugs are almost always found in Tibet, and survive now in few other locations. The rugs and fragments attributed to this group were woven in various centers in what is now Northwest Persia, East Anatolia, and the southern Caucasus. This area is sometimes called 'The golden triangle' by collectors. At the time, 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 and relates 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.
Kurdish rug19th C (1st Q)
- Obvious wear to the foundation. No holes. Having original side wrapping. Small repairs to corners.
- 4' 7"
- 8' 10"
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