Antique Qashqa’i Jajim

Circa 1900
Southern Persia
230 cm x 137 cm
7'6" x 4'5"

A very graphic tribal jajim flatweave composed of two joined panels each containing a sequence of green and red vertical stripes of various widths, each framed by a narrow ivory stripe. The result is a mirror image pattern having a central stripe that is different and wider than the others. What makes this example rather unique is the richness of the two colours, obtained from natural dyes, as well the generous width of the vertical stripes. Furthermore, the quality of the individual dyes, which include a wonderful emerald green obtained from the indigo plant and a clear madder red, are indicative of an early vintage. The resulting visual effect is highly abstract, ancient yet contemporary.

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