Afshar, Persia. Mid 19th c. 3' 5" x 4' 4"
Published: “Oriental Rugs
from Pacific Collections”,
Murray L. Eiland, 1990.
Page 79, plate #46.
During the 19th century, the central medallion format,
complete with complimentary corner pieces, was generally
a design of large, formal workshop carpets. The nomadic
weaver of this Afshar rug was inspired by the classic layout,
but transformed it with her native, vibrantly colorful aesthetic.
She dispensed with the classical formality, and instead focused
on the purity of naturally derived color and added charmingly drawn
animals to roam the indigo field. This rug exemplifies the
true spirit of Afshar weaving.