10.9 x 14.9 Antique Bakshaish Carpet, Heriz District, Northwest Persia, Circa 1885

Antique Bakshaish carpets, woven in the Heriz district in northwest Persia’s Azerbaijan province,  are considered, along with antique Sultanabad carpets from central Persia, to be the most “decorative” of 19th century Persian carpets. They often feature a softer palette than most other Persian rugs from this era and the best examples have a whimsical aesthetic along with beautiful color quality.

This carpet features camel, ivory and pale brownish aubergine medallions on a salmon field. An ivory Leaf and Flowerhead border with coral and sky blue guard borders frames the field.

This carpet reminds me of the highest quality antique Turkish Oushaks in its general aesthetic, with a soft but still substantial palette; long, shaggy wool; and a folk art like design, here including stylized animals.

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