25 April 2002
A HERIZ CARPET
North West Persia, circa 1890
The shaded fox-brown field with bold palmettes issuing angular vine and serrated leaves around a blue medallion with pendants containing a flowerhead centrepiece issuing palmettes, the ivory and pink spandrels similar, in a shaded blue and brown border with turtle-palmettes together with flowerheads issuing angular vine meander between ivory and pink floral meander stripes, scattered reweaves, localised areas of wear
18ft.5in. x 11ft.6in. (560cm. x 350cm.)
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