Antique Khotan Samarkand Rug, Origin: Persia, Circa: 1900 – This luxurious antique Oriental rug — a phenomenal Samarkand Khotan rug made in Persia some time around the turn of the twentieth century — is a beautiful piece, the design of which is almost exhilarating to behold. The monumental medallion format is particularly effective on this incomparable antique rug, especially because of the rich coloration. The tones are saturated, but still soft in hue with beautiful contrasts that work to great effect in the cloud border as well, giving it a grand, almost sculptural quality. The drawing is crisp and precise making this carpet an altogether classic example of its type. A rug that would be equally at home in the finest collection or as a functional decorative piece in any home, this piece is genuinely a pleasure to behold and a testament to the artistic possibilities that can be explored and beautifully articulated in the finest antique Persian rugs.