Sultanabad Rugs, Persia, Early 20th Century – Embodying the area’s grandiose style, this stunning antique Sultanabad rug depicts a magnificent and well-defined arabesque that is set over a somber midnight blue background. Dramatic furcated Hamsa leaves with accentuated petals are juxtaposed against stunning palmettes and a refined background of sinuous vine scrolls. Contrasting outlines emphasize each sweeping curve and graceful flourish while adding to the contrast of each colorful accent. Warm chestnut-colored borders encircle the somber field while bringing out the warm, woody motifs that are depicted in the floriferous arabesque. In keeping with Sultanabad’s bold and sophisticated style, the formal reciprocating motifs featured within the borders incorporate broad pillars and dense turtle-like palmettes that are flanked by arching saz leaves. The regal color palette gently tempers the fervent style of this spectacular antique Sultanabad rug.