Antique Persian Afshar Carpet, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa date: Turn of the Twentieth Century – Quite the compelling antique carpet, this antique Persian Afshar rug features an elaborate series of borders and a simple field of vertical lines, which contrast in an intriguing manner. Indeed, this contrast is so profound that the entire composition feels like a study in the power of contrast. Beginning with the borders and working inward, one discovers the source of the power of this aesthetic direction. The borders are especially rich in this antique Persian rug: a pair of inner borders and outer borders, each of which are ornately woven with precise, repeating patterns, surround a primary border that similarly exudes detail. Here, set against a background of red, a complex geometric pattern of floral and vine scroll elements unfolds, infusing the entire perimeter of the carpet with a great energy. Then the field: here, the pattern consists of a series of very narrow and precise vertical stripes, alternating red and ivory. These are detailed with a simple sinus line that runs throughout the length of each. A fascinating example, this antique Persian Afshar carpet is truly intriguing antique Oriental rug.