ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART II
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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bakhshaish
northwest persia
circa 1830
292 x 230 cm (9'7" x 7'7")


Notes: symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
The directional design of stylised trees seen on this unusual ivory background Bakhshaish can also be seen on a group of northwest Persian carpets in the kelleh format, and is yet another example of how certain patterns have been re-interpretated from Safavid decorative schemes. The so-called 'tortoise' herati border is characteristic for this particular subgroup of Bakhshaish carpets, which tend to have a square format and are usually decorated by parallel rows of large scale shield palmettes.
Bibliography: J.J. Eskenazi, L'arte del tappeto orientale (Milan 1983), plates 174 and 175: 254-255.

 



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