A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

a carpet with harshang palmettes
kurds of the saujbulagh area
northwest persia
circa 1850
330 x 165 cm (10'10" x 5'5")

Notes: symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
Carpets decorated with the harshang pattern and woven in the kelleh format represent one the main typologies of the transitional period of Persian weaving in the eighteenth century. This early Kurdish carpet exhibits a tribal interpretation of the design, composed of three large poly-lobed palmettes contained within lozenges from which pairs of split leaf arabesques blossom. The yellow background is punctuated by a series of motifs characteristic of Kurdish tribal rugs.
Bibliography: A. Levi, 'Renewal and Innovation: Iconographic Influences on Kurdish Carpet Design', Hali, vol. 15, no. 4 (London, August - September 1993): 84-93.



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