Loss to one corner, hole in minor border, wear to selvedge, repaired slit, stain and wear to sumak end.
Being sold on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. John Corwin Published: Parviz Tanavoli, 'Afshar: Tribal Weavers from Southeast Iran' (Tehran: MATN, 2010), pg. 67, pl. 7.
3'8" x 6'5"
Woven against a rustic camel ground, this Afshar rug draws two stylized potted plants, from top and bottom, each culminating at the center in colorful floral bursts of indigo, green, burgundy, and tangerine. This imagery, borrowed from urban Persian workshop carpets and Persian decorative arts of the late Qajar period in general, is surprisingly popular in Afshar tribal rugs, and despite layers of transformation and adaptation, the original neoclassical aesthetic may still be seen. See an older but related example in Cecil Edwards, ‘The Persian Carpet,’ page 277 plate 275.