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A LARGE 'MANCHESTER' KASHAN CARPET
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A LARGE 'MANCHESTER' KASHAN CARPET

CENTRAL PERSIA, CIRCA 1920

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A LARGE 'MANCHESTER' KASHAN CARPET
CENTRAL PERSIA, CIRCA 1920
Of 'Sickle Leaf' design, full, thick pile throughout, overall excellent condition
23ft.4in. x 12ft (714cm. x 367cm.)
Provenance
Anon. sale, Sotheby's, London, 5 March 2008, lot 33
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The USA prohibits the purchase by US persons of Iranian-origin “works of conventional craftsmanship” such as carpets, textiles, decorative objects, and scientific instruments. The US sanctions apply to US persons regardless of the location of the transaction or the shipping intentions of the US person. For this reason, Christie’s will not accept bids by US persons on this lot. Non-US persons wishing to import this lot into the USA are advised that they will need to apply for an OFAC licence and that this can take many months to be granted.

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Lot Essay

The intricate web of swirling vines in the design of the present carpet, which weave their way through a network of floral sprays overlaid by the curling, split and serrated lancet or ‘sickle’-leaves, is directly inspired by the Clark 'Sickle-Leaf' carpet, one of the most impressive Safavid carpets ever woven. First published by the scholar Arthur Upham Pope, when discussing the group he wrote, “ The Clark-Corcoran carpet is definitely the finest of the group, and is surely one of the outstanding examples of Persian carpet weaving,” (A. U. Pope, A Survey of Persian Art, vol. VI, 1939, pp. 2385-2386). The ruby-red ground of the original has here been replaced by a soft aqua-blue and the design has been simplified while still remaining complex and interesting.

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