Antique Persian Mazandaran Kilim, Origin: Persia, Circa: Early 20th Century – This extraordinary minimalist kilim from the northern Persian province of Mazandaran features a superb three-part composition colored with intensive tomato red hues and sparse ivory streaks that fit a very modern, minimalist aesthetic. This marvelous flat-weave Mazandaran kilim is an inadvertent exercise in color and the art of ornamentation. Abashed color variations form a subtle pattern of brindled stripes that fade from hyper-saturated henna reds to fiery warm tones. Powdery white streaks provide a pleasant stratified divergence reminiscent of a celebrated abstract painting or thin, wispy cirrus clouds that float high in the sky. From the rich colors to the abstract details and naturalistic gradations, this antique kilim is an extraordinary example of rustic minimalism that has much in common with works of high art displayed in modern museums and on gallery walls.