A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

carpet with afshan design
northeast persia
470 x 190 cm (155 x 63)
470 x 190 cm (155 x 63)

Notes: asymmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
This elegant carpet in the kelleh format has a number of intriguing and unusual features, which has led it to be previously attributed to the Khotan oasis and to the Caucasus. The geometric rendition of the Afshan design is similar to that seen on 18th century Caucasian rugs (see M.L. Eiland, Jr., 'Afshan - A Study of Design Development', Hali, Issue 104, London, May/June 1999, pp. 58-65), while the trefoil border is reminiscent of both Indian Mughal weavings as well as to the carpets from east Turkestan. The structure, however, is characteristic of Khorasan, and links this carpet to another in the Bardini Museum in Florence (see A. Boralevi, Geometrie d'Oriente: Stefano Bardini e il tappeto antico, Livorno 1999, plate 46, pg. 123). The peculiar dark blue background with light blue patterning is also characteristic of early Khorasan carpets, and is seen on a kelleh carpet formerly in the Bernheimer collection (see P.W. Meister, S. Azadi, Persische Teppiche, Hamburg 1971, plate 27, pg. 69).
Published: U. Schurmann, Zentralasiatische Teppiche, Frankfurt 1969, plate 86 V. Gantzhorn, The Christian Oriental Carpet, Koln, 1991, plate 668, pg. 474
Provenance: G. & R. Schubert Collection, Milan. Abbazia di San Gregorio, Venice.



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