Sivas Rug, Turkey, Early 20th Century – This exceptional antique Sivas rug from Turkey depicts an impeccable allover mahi or Herati pattern with tightly spaced elements that create a kaleidoscopic low-chroma visage. The warm brown field is lavishly decorated with foxy gray and buff desert brown motifs that have graceful lines and a minimal level of contrast. The sophisticated minimalist color scheme continues in the elegant and subtly colored borders. Traditional Persian guardbands embellished with reciprocating floral motifs enclose the elegant main borders, which showcase an elegant pattern of turtles and vine scrolls. The ornate turtle motifs feature elaborate fins and carefully outlined details that emphasize their graceful style. This magnificent antique Sivas rug uses an elegant minimalist color scheme that emphasizes the elegant lines of the fluid curvilinear motifs and depicts the classic Herati pattern in an original manner.