Khorassan Rug, Persia, Turn of the 20th Century – This beauteous antique Persian carpet from Khorassan has a soft visage, impeccable small-scale patterns, formal borders and all the great features synonymous with Persian city carpets. The cool blue field is adorned with a kaleidoscopic allover pattern of seamless Mahi, or Herati, motifs rendered in cool neutrals with contrasting accents. This luxurious patterned surface is framed by an infinite collection of strap work borders stacked to an immense fortress-like size that counters the grand scale of the field. Intricate interwoven vine scroll borders become the line of symmetry for the mirror image guard bands, decorative cartouches and geometric strap work patterns that recede into the edges and advance toward the field. Immense proportions and miniaturized patterns are expertly balanced in this beautifully refined antique carpet, which embodies the Persian philosophy of elegance.