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A Safavid carpet, Azerbaijan
 

AN UNUSUAL SMALL TABRIZ MEDALLION RUG FRAGMENT
NORTH WEST IRAN, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY

Price £3,055 ($4,384)

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

 

Description: The pale dusty rose and cream field with angular vine issuing flowerheads and stylised hooked palmettes around a partial medallion, in a seagreen border of palmettes issuing bold angular flowering vine 4ft.1in. x 2ft.5in. (124cm. x 73.5cm.)

Provenance: Purchased from a private collector in Italy

Lot Notes
This is a Tabriz medallion rug remarkable for its small size. Rugs of this size abound in miniatures, but examples in the otherwise well-represented Tabriz medallion group of carpets are virtually unknown. The design is identical in form with a number of the better known large examples, such as the Gulbenkian (Pope, Arthur Upham: A Survey of Persian Art, Oxford, 1938, pl.1122), former Berlin (Pope, op.cit., pl.1124) and Alexander examples (Alexander, Christopher: A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art, the Color and Geometry of Very Early Turkish Carpets, New York and Oxford, 1993, pp.182-9). The execution is slightly less curvilinear than the above, but that will be partly as a result of the diminution of size of the motifs.