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A SAFAVID ISFAHAN CARPET
A SAFAVID ISFAHAN CARPET
A SAFAVID ISFAHAN CARPET
A SAFAVID ISFAHAN CARPET
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A SAFAVID ISFAHAN CARPET

CENTRAL PERSIA, 17TH CENTURY

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A SAFAVID ISFAHAN CARPET
CENTRAL PERSIA, 17TH CENTURY
Of 'in and out' palmette design, even low pile throughout, a minute tear at one end, repaired fold lines
10ft.3in. x 6ft.6in. (315cm. x 204cm.)
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Specifed lots (sold and unsold) marked with a filled square ( ¦ ) not collected from Christie’s, 8 King Street, London SW1Y 6QT by 5.00 pm on the day of the sale will, at our option, be removed to Crown Fine Art (details below). Christie’s will inform you if the lot has been sent ofsite. If the lot is transferred to Crown Fine Art, it will be available for collection from 12.00 pm on the second business day following the sale. Please call Christie’s Client Service 24 hours in advance to book a collection time at Crown Fine Art. All collections from Crown Fine Art will be by prebooked appointment only.
Sale Room Notice
Please note that the estimate for this lot is £4,000-6,000 and not as stated in the printed catalogue. This carpet was not woven in Isfahan in the 17th century but was very possibly woven in Sivas in Anatolia, in the 20th century.

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Lot Essay

This Isfahan carpet shows what is likely to have been the next stage in the design development after the initial group of wool foundation carpets. The elements are all very similar, but now the saz leaf has made its initial appearance. Still small, and not nearly as exuberant as it became later in the century, but definitely there, finishing each of the spiralling tendrils. For a discussion about the group please see Jessica Hallett, 'From the Looms of Yazd and Isfahan', in Carpets and Textiles in the Iranian World, Oxford and Genoa 2010, pp.90-123) and the foreword to the Bernheimer Family Collection of Carpets sold in these Rooms, 14th February 1996, pp.15-16.
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