Of all the Persian carpets dating from the later eighteenth and earlier nineteenth century in the collection this is arguably the most beautiful. It has the richness of colouring typical of the best examples of the type, but it is the design which captivates. It combines elements of the gul-hani design with a repeated lozenge design based on radiating split palmettes forming a quatrefoil. This is not far distant in design from one of the two motifs in the classic 15th century "small pattern Holbein design" (F. Spuhler: Islamic Carpets and Textiles in the Keir Collection, London, 1978, nos.5-14, pp.34-41 for example). Could it be that this is a late reappearance of a design created centuries before?