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Carpet with Harshang pattern
Bakhshaish
Northwest Persia
circa 1880
530 x 445 cm (175 x 147)


Notes: symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
The weavings of Bakhshaish have traditionally been considered among the most desirable decorative carpets, which usually show Persianate allover patterns in earth tones and pastel colours that make them particularly ductile to interior decoration. In this oversize example, distinguished by its pristine condition, the so-called harshang pattern is repeated in infinite rows on a large scale, imparting a particular breath to the composition.

 



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