Kilim with flaming palmettes

Circa 1870
Veramin plain, Northwest Persia
262 cm x 127
8'7" x 4'2"

The design composed of a large cartouche with a pronged contour enclosing a series of of small, flame-like palmettes is found on the flat-weaves of different tribes, from the Kurds to the Shahsavan as well as other Turkic tribes inhabiting the Veramin plain, and also in the flat-weaves from Khalaj near Saveh and Zarand. A variation of this motif can also be seen on the western Anatolian kilims from the Afyon region, called parmakli. In our example the unusual camel wool background is embellished by four rows of polychrome flamed palmettes in what seems like a random colour arrangement. The frame composed of stepped, concentric diamonds (a signature motif of the Veramin area) with hooked appendages is quite unique for this small cluster of kilims, which is normally framed by a reciprocal motif (see for example Herrmann 1988, n. 58, p. 128).

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