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A KIRMAN PICTORIAL RUG
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A KIRMAN PICTORIAL RUG

BY HAJJI MIR 'ALI KIRMANI, SOUTH EAST PERSIA, CIRCA 1920

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A KIRMAN PICTORIAL RUG
BY HAJJI MIR 'ALI KIRMANI, SOUTH EAST PERSIA, CIRCA 1920
The indigo field with dense scrolling mille-fleurs design around an oval medallion containing a central pictorial battle scene surrounded by cartouche panels containing individual figures representing the leaders of the "central powers and allied forces," a signature cartouche above, in an ivory mille-fleurs border between tan similar minor stripes and a plain narrow burgundy outer stripe, full pile throughout, corroded brown, original fringes at both ends, overall excellent condition
8ft.2in. x 5ft. (248cm. x 152cm.)
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This carpet was woven in commemoration of the end of the first world war. It is reported that originally the piece was to be presented through the British Embassy in Tehran as a Royal Gift to His Majesty King George V, who is depicted alongside Queen Mary beneath the words "War Eclipse". Each depicted with their National flag, the eleven portraits surrounding the central battle scene account for the leading figures of both the Central Powers and the Allied Forces.
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