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This Persian Heriz carpet is a fine example of its kind. It dates to about 1900.

The central medallion is very large in scale, filling almost the entire field, which is raspberry red in the top half and a slightly warmer, more terracotta red in the bottom half of the carpet - a nice example of abrash. The lobes of this eight pointed medallion contain plant motifs on alternating red and dark blue backgrounds, overlaying the lobes in the diagonals of the two concentric inner lobes, which are defined in their outlines by an unusual brown, almost certainly undyed wool. This complex and rather elaborate arrangement gives the central motif a sense of three dimensionality.

The spandrels are the star of this elegant carpet: held in very pale shades of mostly green, pink and off-white, they lift the effect of the whole carpet and give it a lightness often missing in Heriz carpets. They are separated from the field by a stepped line of light green.

The relative fineness of the weave contributes to the effect of light elegance. It is also the reason why these carpets are sometimes called "Serapi" carpets. 

The main border is a classic rosette and leaf meander, with the elongated leaves forming an arch over each rosette and a pair of smaller rosettes forming the base of this arch. The minor borders are a meander of florals of inward and outward facing triangles in pale pink and green.

This decorative carpet of a good, slightly squarish size is in very good condition

Dimensions

385 x 316 cm


Stock number

7119
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