Malayer Rug, Persia, Late 19th Century – This exquisite antique Persian rug has the luxurious countenance of a city carpet that incorporates the subtlest village influences. The impressive medallion-and-corner composition depicts a lavish octofoil with dramatic clubbed pendants. The segmented petals that appear in the corners feature a stunning mirror-image quadrant that captures the exact features of the radiant medallion and its extended pendants. Weighted borders filled with flamboyant boteh blossoms create a regal frame that emboldens the formal composition. The lavishly decorated field incorporates a magnificent kaleidoscopic variation on Malayer’s signature Mahi, pattern, which showcases arching Herati motifs and an array of small details that enhance the stunning allover pattern. This elegant antique Persian Malayer rug is a supreme and sophisticated example of the local style.