Antique Farahan Carpet, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: 1900 — The stunning symmetry of this beautiful Persian Farahan rug captivates and enthralls. A simple border gives way to a series of intricate frames. The first bears subdued colors reminiscent of late evening, delicate renderings of blooms and vines winding along the border. The second bears a background of bright crimson patterned with pale flowers. A broad frame with a dark background follows, dominated by complex, finely detailed renderings of vines and flowers. A mirror image follows – scarlet border followed by evening border – surrounding a simple pink and gold fence that surrounds the magnificently complex heart of this singular work of art. Stunning symmetry and traditional Arabesque flourishes are dominated by the motif of the peony, a traditional signifier of strength, power, and luck. A complex interplay of greens, blues, browns, and reds set off a stunning contrast, further emphasizing the flawless symmetry of this magnificent antique carpet.