Northwest Persian Rug, Persia, Late 19th Century – The term Northwest Persian is used to distinguish an outstanding group of antique Persian village rug weavings closely related to Caucasian carpets produced further north. This splendid example has all the bold graphic power of a great medallion Kazak. Star medallions in gold, ivory, green, and navy repeat down the length of the rich red field. The filling ornamental detail is excitingly archaic and dynamic its drawing, recalling as it does the best early Caucasian and Turkish village rugs. The ‘dragon’ border adds the final touch, framing the field with a comparable mastery of form and color.