Kerman Rug, Persia – Extraordinarily ornate, even by Kerman standards, this oversized antique Persian carpet features an exquisite repeating pattern with lacy gilt-yellow botanicals set over a regal midnight blue ground. This handsome filigree pattern displays a subtle centerpiece formed with deeply serrated Shah Abbasi palmettes. Fantastical saz leaves, stylized calyxes and heart-shaped trefoil branches create a dazzling pattern with multiple lines of symmetry filled with luxurious buckwheat and golden-yellow space fillers, including the elusive cloud band. The weight of the heavily detailed repeating pattern and strong patrician colors is contrasted beautifully by the levity of the light sable brown main borders and double guard bands, which are filled with filamentous floral. This outstanding antique palace-sized carpet from Kerman embraces old-world Safavid-influences while selectively balancing delicate floral and regal botanical ornaments that have a kingly countenance.