Small Antique Tribal Persian Malayer Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: Early 20th Century – Antique Persian Malayer rugs are unique because of their finer weaving and more obvious design elements. Landmarks are usually well-highlighted throughout the small size rug in order to better draw viewer attention, and it is not uncommon for any antique Persian Malayer rug to focus on negative space in order to allow the foreground to appear more dynamic. In this tribal rug, the composition is almost architectural in its presentation. The beautiful borders are rich and thick, housing ornate forms within that seem almost engraved. At the heart of the Persian rug, the woody colors culminate in a striking landscape that houses a focal landmark at its very core, the colors light enough to stand out against the darker tones of the backdrop.