FROM THE VAULT
Selected acquisitions of antique textile art
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25. 
Alg 1665
Gabbeh rug
Bakhtiari tribe
Southwest Persia
circa 1940
207 x 140 cm (69 x 47)


Notes: asymmetrically knotted wool pile open to the left on a cotton foundation
A strikingly abstract and minimalist composition, dominated by a large lozenge punctuated at its top end by a series of smaller blue lozenges, as if to indicate some sort of directional reading to the pattern. Although the substrate of certain Gabbeh patterns is, as here, clearly inspired by a more urban iconography, the interpretation given to the design is almost pictorial in character, bringing it closer to our contemporary western artistic sensibility.

 



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