This is a beautifully delicately drawn rug whose design derives originally, as do so many from North West Persia at this time, from Vase technique carpets from 17th Century Kirman (Beattie, May: Carpets of Central Persia, exhibition catalogue, Sheffield, 1976, no.14, p.49). The present rug shares both the field design and the basic border design with this fragment in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Its structure is different however to most rugs of this period. It has much more in common with the later weavings of the Shirvan district, having a floppier handle and wavy white weft. A comparable structure was also seen on the unusual dragon carpet sold in these Rooms 15 October 1998, lot 272.