(Connoisseur-Caliber) ("Great Lakes Collection") The creators of this most folkloric of carpets were likely from the outermost villages near Heriz or perhaps still lived quasi-nomadic lifestyles. An exploded view of its medallion is like suspended animation that is artistically daring and quite unlike anything we have seen in other Serapi examples to date. The eye-catching centerpiece is the stable nucleus of such action, anchoring the drama of the buoyant, subtly hue-shifting azure field. A charming undercurrent of planned improvisation can be observed throughout the multi-scale composition. Crisp drawing of super-stylized fronds, flowers, and leaves take the creative spontaneity of similar forms to another level through their inventive shapes while compositionally maintaining a relaxed technical symmetry. These many individually drawn motifs are given tremendous visual interest due to a careful selection of bright coral, russet reds, and jade tones deftly juxtaposed with bright carnelian, ivory, teals, and butternut. The longevity of this Serapi is a dividend of northwest Persian Azerbaijans renowned mountain flock oily wool, which also accounts for its beautifully glistening surface. Carpets such as this with semi-rustic origins have enamored our clients for decades.

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