Silk Qum Rug, Persia – This arresting antique Persian corridor carpet from Qum features an elaborate hunting-style composition with animated scenes that are repeated across the monumental field. Inspired by royal sports, the energetic scenes depict a collection of vivacious and beautifully drawn horses and huntsman surrounded by hares, stags, flamboyant birds and a forest of flowering shrubs. Swordsmen and spear-wielding huntsmen make a dramatic entrance and converge on the field. Hairline details emphasize the patterned clothing, rippling muscles, creased eyelids and flowing manes, which have a stylized pictorial presence. Colorful shrubs and lush floral sprays give the composition a natural forestn like setting while filling the soft white space between each powerful horse and rider. The archetypal hunting rug theme continues in the grand borders that feature graceful deer, timid animals and colorful birds tucked among flower-laden trees, which maintain the awe-inspiring directional form.