Sarouk Farahan Rug, Persia, Last Quarter of the 19th Century – This striking antique Persian carpet is a prototypical example of the Sarouk Farahan medallion, which is prized for its saturated colors and bold designs that rely on strong contrast in shape, color and pattern. Fiery petals and glowing outlines encircle the obscure pendant-flanked medallion and cut into the delicately patterned white ground. Bold red accents dominate the complementary spandrels, which display lively arabesques with birds, florals and complex outlines that give the field an extraordinary shape. This lavish, detail-rich scene is framed by charming boteh-filled guardbands and equally detailed borders that display opulent polychrome palmettes. These lush rosettes are accompanied by tightly spaced vines with alternating outlines and colors that create a subtle secondary stripe pattern, which embodies the opulent and elegant style of Farahan.