Kilim with abstract pattern

Circa 1940
Qaradagh region, Northwest Persia
280 cm x 222
9'2" x 7'3"

Among other flat-weaves which began to appear in Iran concurrently with the new millennium are those from the Qaradagh region, located in the border area between Persian and Caucasian Azarbayjan. These are typically in a bag face or narrow runner format, appearing more rarely in square sizes suggesting a use as a sofreh. The present example is the only one I have ever found in such a large format. The handle is typically very sturdy by flat-weave standards. The polychrome flame pattern is another feature of the group, seen here in a particularly dynamic and colourful configuration.

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