This is a classic example of the Isfahan "red ground in and out palmette" design. The spiralling tendrils are well formed, and there is very little repiling. For a brief account of these carpets covering the arguments as to their origins please see the foreword to the Bernheimer Family Collection of Carpets sold in these Rooms, 14th Febraury 1996, pp.15-16. Their popularity was enormous both at the time of manufacture and at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries when families like the Rothchilds were buying them up. Three examples formerly in the Rothschild Collection were sold in these Rooms, 16 October 1996, lots 404, 405 and 407.