Oriental Rugs, Vintage Rugs, and Antique Rugs by Peter Pap

Khamseh

c. 1900
South Persian Tribal
DESCRIPTION:

The Khamseh are a confederation of five south Persian tribal groups brought together in the 1860's by the central Persian imperial government. The government employed this strategy to check the power of the region's Qashqai tribesman. For the tribesman of south Persia, wealth was measured by the vastness of their flocks, which provided the tribe's essential meat, milk and wool that could be spun and processed for clothing and other domestic goods. A surplus of wool spurred a cottage carpet industry, providing hard currency for the tribesman and their families. This beautiful Khamseh carpet boldly blends floral design with abstract drawing in a rare, unexpected, and highly successful composition. The colors are vivid, and the contrast is superb as large crimson forms glow against a deep indigo ground. In the border, abstract flower heads in profile alternate between red and white on a pale aquamarine blue ground.

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CONDITION:
Losses to selvedges.
WIDTH:
4' 11"
LENGTH:
6' 11"
RUG ID:
17223
PRICE:
$9,500.00


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