The design of this carpet ultimately derives from the ‘Vase’ carpets of 16th & 17th century Persia, probably through the lens of a Khorasan shrub carpet such as the example illustrated in Klose, Christine, Khorasan Shrub Carpets, Hali 125,
p.125, Fig.4, a Khorasan ‘shrub-vase’ carpet, early 17th century. This link can be seen clearly in a close relative of the present lot, the ‘Bakhtiari carpet, Central Persia, 18th century’, in the James D Burns collection, illustrated Evans, Ben, The nature of a collector, Hali 169,
p.95, Fig.9. The primary border of the James D Burns carpet and the lot offered here are remarkably similar; the sprays of flowers in the classical model have been simplified to a box with rosettes at each corner, and the intermittent palmettes are now rendered as trees on zig-zag bases. The field and border of the present lot show further simplification from the Burns rug, suggesting a date in the late 18th or early 19th century.
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