16 October 2003,
Price realised GBP 17,328
GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000
A MESHED CARPET
North East Persia, dated AH 1296/1878-9 AD
The tomato-red field with a dense design of flowering trees, floral sprays and large palmettes, in a broad charcoal-black floral spray and palmette border between light brown floral meander stripes, an inscription cartouche at one end, ice-blue floral meander minor stripes, good pile throughout
12ft.5in. x 9ft.11in. (379cm. x 302cm.)
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The inscription panel reads: "karkhaneh (workshop) of (?)Arghand, 1296". Another example with almost identical signature but without the name of Ja'far and dated two years earlier was sold in these Rooms 16 October 1997, lot 160.
The date of both carpets is somewhat earlier than present scholarship would at first have thought. They are tooearly to be shamsi dates and there has been no alteration in the date cartouche, making it possible that many Meshed carpets are dated slightly too conservatively in the available literature.
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Anon sale, Sotheby's, London, 23 April 1997, lot 108.
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