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Early Azerbaijan rug with the garden design, second half 18th century, NW Iran.


SALE 6630 LOT 93
A NORTH WEST PERSIAN GARDEN CARPET FRAGMENT
SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY

Price Realized 10,755 ($16,670)

Sale Information
Christie's SALE 6630
ORIENTAL RUGS & CARPETS
17 October 2002
London, King Street

LOT NOTES
Lot Description
A NORTH WEST PERSIAN GARDEN CARPET FRAGMENT
Second half 18th century
The indigo field scattered with a variety of trees and floral sprays together with columns of polychrome panels containing flowering trees, in a shaded tomato-red border of rosettes and angular leaves between ivory floral spray stripes, composite from a larger original, some areas of wear 10ft.4in. x 10ft.1in. (314cm. x 307cm.)

Provenance
Mr and Mrs Reginald Toms, Switzerland, sold Sotheby's London, June 7, 1995, lot 130.
Galerie Yves Mikaeloff, Paris, sold Christie's London, October 16, 1997, lot 102.

The 'garden' design is one of a large number of seventeenth century designs created in south east Persia which travelled to the north west of the country in the eighteenth. The prototype of the design can be seen in a carpet woven in the 'vase' technique in the royal collection in Jaipur. Both Kurt Erdmann (Seven Hundred Years of Oriental Carpets, London, 1970, pp.66-70) and Christine Klose ('Betrachtungen zu nordwestpersischen Gartenteppichen des 18. Jahrhunderts', HALI, vol.1, no.2, (1978), p.114) discuss the development of the group. The present carpet is one of the later examples in the development, typified by the lack of birds among the trees, and the simplified rendering of the trees and pool medallions.