Antique Northwest Persian Rug 2918
Safron Yellow Background Antique Northwest Persian Rug, Country of Origin: Origin: Persian Rug, Circa Date: Mid 19th Century (around – 1850) – Many antique Northwest Persian village rugs are closely related to weaving from further north in the Caucasus, like this stunning example. The field consists of a serrated leaf lattice linked by rosettes, with smaller geometricized floral motifs inside the lattice compartments. The border, of this antique rug is made up of double serrated leaves and rosettes is also based on the helical garland border of Chi-chi Kuba rugs of the Caucasus. However, the weave, the yellow ground, and the relative freedom of the drawing are distinctively Northwest Persian. An exciting piece, it may have been woven by Kurds. The large scale open design and the use of saffron yellow converge and make this one of the most fantastic runners in today’s market.
The mellow saffron yellow background of this antique Northwest Persian rug makes it a unique and beautiful piece for any home or office. This magnificent and rare antique Persian rug was created around the late 18th century to the early part of the 19th century and represents an important example of tribal art from the area. Saffron was first introduced into ancient Persia over 2,500 years ago. Since that time, it has been important commodity as a food seasoning, for its medicinal qualities, and as this rug demonstrates, as a superior yellow dye.
This magnificent antique wide gallery size rug has an allover design that is based on a series of interconnected squares. At each node where the squares intersect is a stylized floral motif. The use of uniform floral designs in the center squares creates unity in the design. However, several points of interest can be seen surrounding these central floral motifs. Various geometric shapes, smaller flowers, and people can be seen scattered throughout the design.
Another point of interest is that one of the intersecting lines contains a set of ancient symbols. It is possible that these represent the designer of the rug, or the person who commissioned it. In addition, one will occasionally find motifs reversed in the vertical direction. The antique Persian gallery rug has vertical symmetry in the elements of the main design, but it lacks symmetry in the details of the rug. The uniform pattern gives this impressive antique rug a sense of balance, but the differences in the smaller details add interest.
This is a well maintained antique Northwest Persian Rug that has retained the brilliance of its color over the years. It is an excellent example of tribal art and the use of saffron dyes. This piece undoubtedly stood out as an exquisite piece at the time that it was created, just as it does today.