Indian centers other than Agra,Lahore,Amritsar and Mirzapur wove interesting,good quality carpets for Western markets in the interwar period. And this unusual piece is a good example. The rose field displays an allover pattern of barbed and nested rosettes,alternating with rows of similarly layered ragged cartouches in sand,dark green and medium blue. These larger elements are embedded in a vinery lozenge lattice accented by leaves and buds. The blue-black main border shows an in-and-out design of two types of palmettes.
The weave is uniform and very good. The foundation is all cotton. The condition is quite good with slight overall wear. The knotted warp ends are preserved.
The pattern relates to,but significantly differs from the traditional Persian Harshang. The design is also seen on contemporaneous Heriz carpets,and probably was taken from a book displaying early pieces. A good size,under 9x12,in a well-drawn semi geometric,informal style. This carpet has been cleaned professionally. For more information please email us or call us at 212-268-5876.