Skinner Inc.

Auctioneers and Appraisers

Great Persian Carpets: the More You Look, the More You See

Antique Fereghan Sarouk Carpet, West Persia, third quarter 19th century (Lot 132, Estimate $20,000-$25,000)

Antique Fereghan Sarouk Carpet, West Persia, third quarter 19th century (Lot 132, Estimate $20,000-$25,000)

“In order for some one to know a carpet, he has to have stood in the middle of it,” the brilliant English art critic–and rug collector–David Sylvester noted (HALI, issue 42, page 82).

This antique Sarouk carpet, for instance, like most really good late 19th century Persian workshop carpets, commands one’s attention. But great Persian carpets do more than merely capture your attention, they repay and magnify that attention: the more you look, the more you see.

Against a neutral ivory field, a large-scale design of forked arabesques and highly stylized Saz leaves radiates outward from a central lobed medallion like a slow-motion explosion. These large, dramatic design elements are crisscrossed by delicately drawn tendrils, which go over and under the various leaves and arabesques, creating an illusion of three-dimensional depth.

As is true of most great art, this carpet is a combination of opposites.

There is, for example, tremendous circular motion created in the corners of the carpet by the facing pairs of blue-green Saz leaves, a swirling that is held in check and balanced by the relatively static terra-cotta arabesques. Movement and calmness, power and delicacy, expansive and contained, this carpet reconciles the various dualities of life into an integrated, complete, and beautiful whole.

See this piece and other Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets at our auction in Boston on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

2 thoughts on “Great Persian Carpets: the More You Look, the More You See

  1. Dear sir

    How are you?
    I am faezeh from Iran,working in bussiness company and
    have
    cooperation with your country alot.

    we have rug that have high value beacuse it related to
    17th
    Century estimate 300 years old fo Isphehan city,

    glad to have new cooperation with you and your company
    for this subject,

    if you have interested in i can give you more
    information
    about that after your reply

    if you are not interested please guide me to sell it
    in
    auctions company

    i can be contact by whatsapp and viber
    looking forward your reply

    with regards
    Faezeh amirahmadi

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*