Here is an absolutely intriguing, breath-taking Persian rug, a piece that is as immediately appealing as it is distinct. Characterized first by a sumptuous blood-red field against which the rest of the composition is set, this piece was clearly woven to draw in the attention of the observer – and in that it is very much successful. Set against the deep ruby hue of the background is the impressive presence of a Persian lion, woven forever in a pose of action, head bowed ominously. Masterfully wrought, this remarkable, ochre Persian lion is illustrated in incredible, from its amazing, almost living eyes to its wild and massive, intricate mane. The overall feeling communicated by this remarkable antique rug from the famed Persian rug making region of Qashqai is one of deep awe: for both the incredible level of workmanship and the actual subject matter of this rug demand attention, and clearly communicate symbols and ideas that are rich components of a cultural tradition and identity. This masterpiece from the 1920’s is a stunning piece in a world of stunning, unique pieces. Over all, this gorgeous Qashqai rug from Persia is a truly stunning composition.