The central inscription is a Persian verse in praise of the rug; the side inscriptions give the date.
The field design of the present carpet derives from 17th century Kirman 'vase' technique carpets, later examples of which used the single-plane lattice of serrated leaves to contain naturalistically drawn flowering plants. The border design in the present lot of cypress trees and flowering plants, is taken from the same source as illustrated in Beattie, May H.: Carpets of Central Persia, exhibition catalogue, Sheffield and Birmingham, 1976, pl.56, p.81. It can be traced back even further to the 16th century when it was first employed as an all-over directional field design, (Ibid, pl.14, p.49,). A similar silk with the same field and border design, dated AH 1284/1864 AD, was offered at Sotheby's, London, 7 March 1990, lot 172.