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18. 
Alg 1347
White ground carpet with shield palmettes
Heriz
Northwest Persia
circa 1890
310 x 240 cm (102 x 7 10)


Notes: symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
The carpets from the Heriz area rarely depart from their characteristic medallion and corner pattern on a red ground, which represented a formula that was greatly appreciated in the West. Here we see an allover pattern consisting of a variety of large scale shield palmettes, some recalling those present on early Caucasian rugs, connected to each other creating a trellis network. The ivory background allows the full range of well modulated colours to fully express their vitality, further enhanced by the mint condition of the silky wool pile.

 



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