This square Afshar rug draws three columns of linked stepped diamonds against a deep indigo ground. Reciprocal stepped diamonds are playfully created from the resulting negative space, each drawn with the same arrangement of central rosettes, birds, and foliage as in the main elements of the foreground. While arranged in an overall design, the weaver has perhaps subliminally implied through color the structure of a central medallion. In the place of traditional corner pieces, each of the corner diamonds is drawn in white while the two central diamonds are rendered in a pleasant medium blue. Both in form and color, the composition is expertly balanced, as demonstrated by the blue paired with the contrasting ochre and light with dark. This is a subtle but sophisticated tribal weaving.
Afshar rugc. 1900
- Being sold on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. John Corwin
- 4' 5"
- 4' 9"
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