Antique Persian Mazandaran Kilim, Origin: Persia, Circa: Early 20th Century – This dazzling antique Mazandaran kilim displays a fantastic emerald and ruby plaid pattern that achieves a superb level of modernism from the most humble and primitive elements. Simple symmetric stripes, one of the oldest patterns known to man, form a timeless plaid pattern with wide center stripes flanked by linear accents. Their precise intersecting arrangement accentuates the interplay between positive and negative space while exaggerating the tactile flat-weave textures. This classical stripe pattern bears an unexpected and unintentional similarity to minimalist art as well as homespun fabrics and traditional plaids that would be at home in any northern farmstead. The cool climate and mountainous terrain of Persia’s Mazandaran Province feed its warm, comfortable handcrafted aesthetic, which is equally attractive and welcome in modern or traditional interiors in the Western world.