Antique Persian Mazandaran Kilim Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: Early 20th Century – This distinguished antique Persian kilim epitomizes the provincial Mazandaran style with its striped visage and rustic brand of minimalism. Three narrow flat-woven panels form a long and broad composition full of handcrafted details that have incomparable visual and tactile qualities. Each panel contains a handsome assortment of earth-tone stripes ranging from dark walnut and bole brown to sandy tan tones that are paired with ivory accents. Unpredictable transitions and variegated flecks create ambiguous abstract patterns that resemble natural stone surfaces and organic objects. These stratified stripes produce secondary patterns when they intersect their distinctly patterned neighbors at each seam. Slate-tone details, meandering running-stitch threads and unexpected color changes accentuate the decorative subtleties of this flat-weave carpet and give it an alluring textural appearance unique to handcrafted textiles.