Antique Light Blue Persian Sultanabad Carpet 47270
A brilliant pattern of classic Persian arabesque vinescrolls unfolds on a tremendous scale across the gorgeous blue field of this magnificent antique Sultanabad.
Antique Persian Sultanabad Carpet, Persia, c. 1880 – This magnificent antique Sultanabad rug from Persia possesses a beautiful design of classic Persian arabesque vinescrolls that sprawl beautifully across a lovely field of blue, the patina of which alternates between rich and dark hues, ephemeral and bold shades. The rich reds of the scrolling vines and of the richly detailed floral border stand out starkly against the overall fairness of the blue field, creating simultaneously a sense of division and unity. The impeccable, finely detailed line work throughout this regal Sultanabad put on full display the artistic prowess of its makers. Such an incredible level of fine detail is present throughout the field and the border of this magnificent carpet that it comes to life, almost demanding a closer look.
Not only are the colors, pattern and overall composition quite remarkable, this piece is so unique in more ways than one. It makes phenomenal use of, what is perhaps one of the greatest features in antique rugs – “Abrash”. Abrash is A Persian word meaning rainbow spectrum, used to describe changes in color in the pile or facing of rugs and textiles. Abrash resulted from the inability of dying large quantities of wool in uniform dye lots. Eventually weavers began to embrace or exploit such variation as a deliberate effect. This rugs is in every sense of the word – a truly remarkable work of art.