A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

bakhshaish rug with zoomorphic motifs
northwest persia

circa 1870
180 x 148 cm (511 x 410)

Notes: symmetrically knotted wool pile on cotton warps and wool
The zoomorphic motifs found on this particular design help to define a subgroup of rugs made in the northwest Persian village of Bakhshaish. These representations can be seen in the two pairs of stylised dragons attempting to encircle a smaller animal-like figure on the blue field, beside a cruciform, almost totemic element. Such motifs can also be seen in the spandrels, where the green and red scales of the dragons are abstracted in order to create quarter medallion corner motifs. This typology originates from a group of very early Anatolian rugs decorated by an axis element surrounded by two pairs of stylised animals (see C. Klose, 'The Origin of the Serapi Carpet Design', Hali, vol. 6, no. 4, London, 1984, pp. 401-402).



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