The Afshar are a nomadic group whose weavers are well regarded for their somewhat naive renderings of more formal Persian rug designs. In this case, a repeated pattern of unusually large scale vases cover the field. Because of the positioning of the vases, only one is depicted in it’s entirety, leading one to picture this design continuing well beyond it’s borders. The natural ivory ground sets off the other colors beautifully.
Purchased 1988 from an exhibition “Truly Tribal” by Julian Homer in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Plate 35. Dated as mid 19th c. Comes with a letter from Homer preparing Dr. Whitfield for the fact that he may not get #35 as there is another American who will be attending the exhibition in person and intends to purchase it.