North West Persian silk portières are rare. A few examples have appeared on the market, almost all of similar proportions to rugs (approximately 210 x 140 cm.) and with the pelmet design included on the main rug surface. In some instances the central split has been stitched up making them into normal rugs, although with unusual designs. Within this rare group the present lot is particularly unusual in that it is of a larger size and also that it has its own pelmet which is separately woven with the pile reversed on the same warps which continue up to fold over the top of the door, running down through the pelmet, which thus faces forward some distance in front of the door, before finishing as pendant tassles.