Antique Ziegler Carpet with Scrolling Palmettes and Rosettes

Circa 1880
Sultanabad, Northwest Persia
341 cm (reduced in length) x 228 cm
11'2" x 7'5"

One of the principal characteristics of Ziegler carpets can be seen in their particular treatment of colour, where the wool yarns are masterfully dyed so to create an almost translucent effect. In this example the large scale infinite repeat scrolling palmettes and arabesques pattern is set on a very light aqua background with with touches of coral red, imparting a particular fluidity to the field, as if the motifs were floating on an imaginary water basin. None of the colours dominate, as they blend in a unique patina of warm earth tones. The characteristic rhythm of the design, which although ornate never appears congested, is also a distinguishing feature of these carpets. This stately yet relaxed style is achieved by a unique sense of spacing in the design, a painterly sense of colour and a refined texture. These factors all contribute to count this carpet among the favourite ‘Persian classics’ of our era.

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