Antique Persian Malayer Rug, Persia, Early 20th Century – This spectacular antique Malayer rug from Persia depicts a stunning elongated lozenge-shaped field that is adorned with a diverse variety of large-scale floral motifs, angular medallions, symbolic birds and auspicious tribal emblems. The zigzagging running water edge pieces feature auspicious burdock-like appendages that are designed to capture evil spirits. The saturated midnight blue field creates a somber backdrop that highlights the soft desert brown and powdery Persian blue motifs beautifully. Multiple sets of delicate floral borders frame the decorative lozenge-shaped field and complement the formal composition. Reciprocating floral motifs and charming vine scrolls rendered in a quirky Northwest Persian style create a fitting frame that complements the formal composition while adding rustic influences that represent the angular style of Malayer perfectly.