3 May 2001
A SILK HERIZ RUG
North West Persia, circa 1860
The shaded mushroom field scattered with stylised palmettes and angular flowering vine, the spandrels similar, dated almost invisibly in one spandrel, in a shaded raspberry-red border of rosettes and angular floral sprays between ivory boteh and stylised flowering vine meander and ivory floral meander stripes, minute areas of wear
5ft.11in. x 4ft.4in. (180cm. x 132cm.)
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The number 1320 is woven minutely on this rug in a very subtly different tone from the main spandrel colour. If it were to be a date, it is somewhat later than one would normally have expected for this rug. It may have some other significance.
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