Afshar Southeast Persia

Ever since the Safavid period (1506-1722), the so-called gol farangh (European flower) design has been really popular in East Persia, gracing the architectural interiors of many mosques from Isfahan to Kerman. It is therefore not surprising to find it on some of the finest weavings of Iranian tribal art, of which this piece is an important representative. The full range of highly saturated dyes has been employed optimally by the weaver, further enhanced by the lustrous wool pile and the impeccable condition. The medium-sized format is quite rare for this group of Afshar weavings, which is characterised by highly depressed warps and end skirts in the sumakh technique.

Property of: Alberto Levi Gallery, Milan
Size: 252 x 147 cm
Age: around 1870
Basic weave: wool