A Beautiful Gold Antique Persian Tabriz Lotto Design Rug, Country Of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: First Quarter of the Twentieth Century – Here is an impressive and impeccably woven antique Oriental rug – an antique Tabriz carpet that was woven in Persia during the early years of the twentieth century. Bold and precisely woven throughout, this antique Persian carpet is an excellent example of what is known as a “Lotto Carpet.” This term comes from the name of the sixteenth century Italian Renaissance painter Lorenzo Lotto, who painted a number of such pieces in his depictions of his contemporaries. The red and gold coloration of this carpet is popular in Lotto Carpets – themselves very rare – while the pattern of alternating crosses and boxes with rich arabesques that is on display here is what makes these carpets a unique development in the Persian rug world. A similarly complex series of borders serves as the perfect frame for this complex composition, its stunningly precisely linework an excellent anticipation of the complexity of the field. Precisely woven throughout and featuring a fascinating history, this antique Tabriz carpet is an exciting and genuinely remarkable example.