(High-Decorative) This dazzling, nearly 150-year-old Afshar reveals a modern sensibility in the way it balances interconnected regions of positive and negative space. Within its unique allover design, twin midnight indigo columns of graphic diamond medallions with their slightly asymmetrical shapes appear to vibrate in place, while the concentric surrounding diamonds redouble the rugs energy. On the other hand, closer examination of this piece reveals the weavers constant tiny modifications to construct this most challenging design that artistically softens its mesmerizing visage, creating many points at which we can enter and enjoy exploring how the pattern is constructed. Four entirely different Afshar borders lend a balancing, rhythmic quality to the thrilling field pattern. As so many of our decorative and collector clients have discovered, antique Persian carpets of such superior artistry bring a particular drama and intense visual interes

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