Antique Persian Mazandaran Kilim, Origin: Persia, Circa: Early 20th Century – Truly ahead of its time, this antique Mazandaran kilim is a superb example of provincial minimalism that inadvertently and unintentionally conforms to modern design principles. Through simple techniques and fundamental stripe patterns, Mazandaran weavers created a definitive work of modern art. Ageless black-and-white stripes produce a versatile patterned surface that is enhanced by the organic variations, artful imperfections and slightly distorted lines that are revealed at the abrupt intersections between neighboring panels. Brilliant vermillion stripes that are randomly inserted infuse the minimalist pattern with abstract details that enhance the compositional interest. Consistency and natural variations are carefully balanced in this perfectly composed five-panel kilim. From the timeless patterns to the classical black, white and red color palette, this artful antique kilim fits today’s stylistic ideals and appeals to modern designers and collectors.