This kelleh has wonderfully preserved colours and is in exceptional condition, taking its age into consideration. The spacing of the drawing is also very well worked. A similar feeling of space is found in a rug with the same field design but different border formerly in the McMullan Collection and now in the Mertopolitan Museum of Art, New York (McMullan, Joseph V.: Islamic Carpets, New York, 1965, no.27, pp.112-119). Another good example but with a much more crowded field was in the Bortz Collection, see Sotheby's London 29 May 1998, lot 21. For a discussion of four late eighteenth and early 19th century contrasting appearances of the harshang design please see Bensoussan, Pamela: "Four Harshang Pattern Carpets in the Museée des Arts Decoratifs", Hali, vol.3, no.3, pp.207-209).