The weaver of this classic design Kirman rug is better known for his versions of the 1898-9 tree of life rug designed by Fursat Shirazi, one of which is in the Carpet Museum in Teheran. Two others of this design, one in silk and one in wool, have been sold in these Rooms (30 April 1998, lot 153 and 22 April 1999, lot 50). A later prayer rug dated 1905-6 by the same weaver uses a millefleurs design typical of the period (Christie's, London, 30 April 1998, lot 158). The present rug stylistically would appear to antedate the other examples. The numbers in the inscription cartouche come where he normally dates rugs; it would make sense if the date were intended to be AH 1303 (1885-6 AD).