Antique Persian Malayer Rug, Persia, c. First Quarter of the Twentieth Century – Here is a beautifully woven, classically composed antique Oriental rug – an antique Malayer carpet, woven in Persia during the early decades of the twentieth century. Generally speaking, Antique Persian Malayer rugs and carpets express an interesting aesthetic, which may be best described as classical, with subtle abstract, geometric influences. This particular example is characterized by an understated pallet of browns and greys, the low contrast of which create an impression of introspection. A beautiful series of classically designed borders surrounds the piece, resplendent with geometric and flowing vine scroll detail elements. The field of this comely antique Persian carpet features an elaborate allover pattern, meticulously woven and exciting to behold. The complexity of the field ties in brilliantly with the border, also complex, unifying the entire piece and creating an overall impression of sophistication and mastery of execution. Beautifully woven, this antique Malayer carpet is a lovely example.