The approx. knot count is 7H x 8V per sq. cm.
The inscription cartouche reads farmayesh-e (commissioned by) Milani Shu'ar. For another carpet made by the same weaver please see lot 74.
This is an exquisite 19th century rendering of a design that has its roots in the Safavid period. The overall lozenge lattice with differently coloured panels, as is also found in lot 210, derives ultimately from vase carpet designs, and thence to the later 17th and 18th century carpets of North West Persia, Khorassan, and those attributed to Joshaghan. Here however the designer, while acknowledging the earlier roots, makes the design considerably more elegant and spacious than its immediate antecedents, having more of the feeling of a Mughal 17th century carpet in that respect.
Milani is one of a small number of Kirman workshops, along with Dimaqani and Salmassi amongst others, who seem to have worked more to the European market. Milani more than the others however worked with more traditional designs, but giving each a new and individual touch. This is one of this workshop's masterpieces in terms of design, colour, and material.