Antique Persian Mazandaran Kilim, Persia, Early 20th Century – This reversible antique Persian sofreh blanket features a marvelous collection of flowing stripes, modern color blocks and organic patterns rendered in a tonal selection of turquoise, aqua and cerulean blue. Meandering seed-stitch lines traverse the composition randomly, adding to the rich textures and augmenting the minimalist patterns. On the reverse side of this Mazandaran Kilim, cool aqua blue borders frame a magnificent cerise field accented with lateral stripes and beautifully shaded color variations that give the classic abrash effect a modern makeover. The simplicity and subtlety of detail add to the blanket’s handcrafted richness and organic style, which are full of character and appeal. These unique features and ultra-modern compositional qualities fit today’s sophisticated standard of modernism perfectly, although they were conceived nearly a century ago in the remote hills and valleys of Persia’s long-celebrated Mazandaran Province.