Antique Kerman, Persia, late nineteenth century. Reminiscent of the finest Italian or Belgian lace, a grand double medallion with rich floral detail dominates the dramatic blue-black field of this sumptuous antique Kerman from Persia. A narrow band of ground separates the inner and outer medallions, while small openwork leafy corner pieces define the oval form of the field. Complex arabesque borders frame the field, continuing the lacey effects on an even finer scale. The varied palette, with rich red and blue tones along with many pastel shades effectively complements the complexity of the design. The velvety pile adds to the overall impression of luxurious elegance.