Antique Malayer Rug, Persia, early 20th Century — This long, elegant runner rug displays a black field covered with a motif displaying superficially repeating elaborate geometric designs in red and dark brown shades. Ten unique medallions, each slightly different from the others, extend in a line down the center of the rug. They interlock through geometric riyu patterns with other medallions along both sides placed at regular intervals half way between them. Elaborate geometric shapes connect the adjoining lateral medallions with one another and diagonally with the closest two central medallions, producing a highly detailed, busy impression. Jagged lines segregate the four corner spandrels, which depict a number of similar fish-shaped black and red geometric designs against a cream background. The cream-colored border displays interlocking white lines and brown geometric symbols, surrounded on both sides by pink-colored guard borders bearing scrolled brown and white ruyi symbols. The entire piece reflects exceptional attention to fine detail. Malayer is a city located in West Central Iran. This area developed a reputation as a center for weaving and rug making. Usually these rugs display thick wool and a single weft.