Northwest Persian Antique Carpet
11' 8" x 14' 10" (356cm x 452cm) 3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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BAKSHAISH, Northwest Persian
11' 8" x 14' 10"
356cm x 452cm
3rd Quarter, 19th Century
This is an exhilarating representative of Bakshaish, the most eagerly sought-after of Persian Village weaving styles. With its subtle, ever-changing color fluctuations and a palpable sense of visual movement, this large room-size rug is absolutely mesmerizing, with an enhanced individual persona that would be impossible to reproduce. Elite Bakshaish such as this are treasured for their "hand-drawn" spontaneous ambiance, seen most notably in the pleasantly unexpected fluctuations in the forms of the palmettes and whimsical inclusions of myriad tertiary botanical ornamentation. The seemingly infinite variation and tremendous dimensionality proffered by this piece are the results of a dextrous use of scale and exquisitely understated abrash color striation, ebbing and flowing with chromatic intensity in a soft vermilion sea blooming with life. A hidden artistic balance creates an atmosphere of boundless fascination. This major 145 to 170-year-old art carpet is constructed of lustrous, high-grade mountain sheep's wool and remains in exceedingly good condition with primarily heavier pile.
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