24 November 2009
AN ISFAHAN CARPET
Central Persia, 17th Century
Approximately 32 ft. (975 cm) x 12 ft. (366 cm.)
Duke Don Gaetano de Braganza, Fourth Duke of Lafões (1856-1927), Italy.
William A. Clark, New York.
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Illustrated Handbook of The W.A. Clark Collection, Washington, D.C., 1928, p. 74.
Carpets for the Great Shah', The Corcoran Gallery of Art Bulletin, Vol 2, No. 1, October 1948, p. 20, no. P29.
An unusual example with petal-form spandrels, one would expect to find a central medallion as is the usual format for carpets with embellished field corners. Instead, the central element is a small lozenge with opposing palmettes at both sides and the field is comprised of large split-leaf arabesques. The smaller scale of the border compared to the field creates a dramatic effect and allows the innovative field design to remain the central focus of the carpet.
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