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Antique Azerbaijan Harshang / Afshan design rug, NW Iran. early 19th century. 6'1" x 14'

This northwest Persian corridor carpet is a perfect example of the refinement of village workshop weaving of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Bold colored ornament floats against a deep indigo field and is balanced by a complimentary red-orange border. The palmettes in lattices make up an ornamental repetoire originating in northwest Iran during the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century known as the harshang, or 'crab' design, named for a perceived resemblance of motifs in the border to sideways-walking crabs.


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