Floral Arabesque Carpet

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This floral arabesque carpet belongs to a group previously attributed to both Iran and India. The four‑ply warp points to Iran as the place of manufacture. Furthermore, such carpets were woven in large quantities and numerous examples survive. Few of these, however, possess the intensity, scale, and originality of this one. Light and dark blue arabesque bands run symmetrically through the field, creating a sense of flow. The design is further elaborated by the fine network of buds, rosettes, leaves, and palmettes in the background, as well as by the equally vibrant main border, set against a blue background.

Floral Arabesque Carpet, Cotton (warp and weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

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