Antique Persian Kerman Area Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: Late 19th Century– Kermans of the late nineteenth century constituted a major facet of the great Persian rug revival at that time, but rarely do the attain the exquisite detail and perfection of design like this superb example. The cream color field has a grand central medallion antique rug with large finials set between lavish cornerpieces of similar design. But in place of open space, the intervening area is filled with a complex allover pattern like that within the medallion and cornerpieces. Even the coloration is uniform across the entire field. It is the use of bold outlining that preserves the distinction among all the components. The borders present a contrast in design and scale with their dense, finely worked patterns of naturalistic vine scrolls and flowers. The black ground of the outer border is kept to a minimum, showing just enough to highlight the design without darkening it. Collectively, they frame the field effectively, while still harmonizing with it. The more closely one looks, the more one begins to appreciate the masterful design of this outstanding piece.