ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART II
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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9. 
vaghireh
malayer area
west persia
circa 1880
128 x 110 cm (4'2" x 3'7")


Notes: asymmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
Vaghirehs were used as samplers by weavers to show the various patterns within the repertoire of a given area. The overall graphic and chromatic balance of the best of these pieces makes us forget that we are dealing with design model. Indeed these samplers can often be much more fascinating than the actual rug, and, as in this very sweet example, can be considered works of art in their own right.

 



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