The design of this Afshar rug has been called the "tulip" or "lattice" design (Tanavoli, Parviz: "The Afshar, part 2", Hali 57, June 1991, p.103. He attributes rugs of this design to the Sirjan area.
The colouring of this particular rug, with its unusual fresh contrast of the white field and light blue border, is matched by a small number of comparable examples. One of these was published by Eberhart Herrmann (Seltene Orientteppiche V, Munich, 1983, no.38, pp.148-9) while a second was in the collection of James D. Burns sold in these rooms 18th October 2001, lot 231. The prior publication of the present rug lists a further four examples.