Antique Persian Mazandaran Kilim, Origin: Persia, Circa: Early 20th Century – A pair of superb mirror-image panels builds a marvelous symmetric composition with an open burgundy field, promenading borders and understated end pieces that magically appear when the panels are joined together. The expertly crafted pattern on this Mazandaran Kilim displays intricate twill-like textures, sumptuous colors and superb flat-weave details. Robust burgundy red, regal leafy greens and muted hues of black, white and gray are juxtaposed beautifully in the saw-tooth stripes that traverse the composition laterally. Low-contrast colors and hand-woven subtleties enhance the consistent and highly traditional pattern of zigzagging stripes that borrows the ever-popular running-water motif. A lone diamond-shaped eye symbol adorns the field and emphasizes the fusion of modernism and tribal traditions that flourished in the isolated Mazandaran Province, which is protected by towering mountains and lined by the shores of the Caspian Sea.