Circa 1920
Central Persia
107 cm x 97
3'6" x 3'2"

Distinguished by a small, square format, sofrehs are utilitarian textiles employed when presenting food to guests. Each tribe and village has distinguishing traits in its sofreh weavings, be it colour, design, texture or more often a combination of all of these. The sofreh from Kamo, a village located not far from Isfahan, are probably the most dazzling in their array of abstract patterns and bold colour juxtapositions. Here the ivory open field is struck by a lightning of pure colour in shades of red, blue, yellow and green. The ancient modernity of these compositions will never cease to amaze me.

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