Antique Persian Mazandaran Kilim 47351
Vibrant hues of cerise, mango, indigo and turquoise in an ikat-like design give a look of modern abstract art to this tribal weaving from Mazandaran high in the Alborz Mountains of northern Iran.
Antique Persian Mazandaran Kilim, Origin: Persia, Circa: Early 20th Century – An unintentional but pronounced resemblance to sophisticated modern minimalist art is demonstrated in the exuberant use of color and understated design in Mazandaran kilims. The province of Mazandaran lies in northern Iran between the Caspian Sea and the Alborz Mountains. Four types of utilitarian kilims have been woven by village women here for centuries in patterns that are to the western eye synonymous with modern abstract art but at the same time exhibit traditions of primitivism and tribal weaving. The effervescent colors and geometric figures point to the Kurdish origins of this style.
The repeating ikat-like motifs in the central portion of this kilim are bordered by large checks on the sides, all woven in bold colors of cerise, mango, indigo and turquoise skillfully blended to accentuate both the vertical and horizontal lines. Mazandaran kilims are usually made of two or three several separate panels joined together. The four panels in this piece form an almost square textile. The slight irregularities in matching the pattern along the joins are typical of Mazandaran flat weaves.