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Early Azerbaijan rug in a field with an overall design of serrated medium blue and indigo zigzags, NW Iran.


A NORTH WEST PERSIAN RUNNER
MID-19TH CENTURY

Price Realized 10,575 ($15,175)

Sale Information
Christie's SALE 6435
ORIENTAL RUGS AND CARPETS
3 May 2001
London, King Street

Lot Description
A NORTH WEST PERSIAN RUNNER
Mid-19th Century
The field with an overall design of serrated medium blue and indigo zigzags, in a warm brown and tomato-red reciprocal trefoil border between ivory angular floral meander stripes, very slight wear and associated old tinting, reduced in length, slight loss to outer stripe, repair at one end
14ft.6in. x 3ft.4in. (442cm. x 102cm.)

Lot Notes
The design of this runner can be compared to that of another runner sold in these Rooms 14 October 1999, lot 116. The design of the present runner is however purer and the piece appears to be considerably older in date. The design originates from the flatwoven summer carpets (jajim) which were very popular in Persia in eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They are often seen used as floor coverings in portraits of dignitaries of the time, such as Prince Ardashir Mirza by Abu'l-Hasan Ghaffari naqash bashi, dated 1852-3 AD, sold in these Rooms 11 October 1988, lot 24 and now in the Hashem Khosrovani Qajar Collection (Diba, Layla S.: Royal Persian Paintings exhibition catalogue, New York, 1988, no.79, p.250). Their use dates back at least to the laste Safavid period.