Early Mishan Malayer Runner, c. 1880
4.84 x 1.06 m
Antique Malayer rugs, originating from Northwest Persia, are well known for the unique quality of their designs, combining the bold, graphic forms of tribal and village weavings, with the craftsmanship, precision, and delicate floral motifs one would expect from a fine Persian workshop piece. Mishan Malayer carpets in particular are even more sought-after, recognised as higher category weavings than other Malayer examples of their era.
This early Mishan Malayer rug, dating to c. 1880, is a prime example of its type. It features a lovely caramel colour field, worked with floral motifs with terracotta and sky-blue accents. The high-quality of the weave has given the drawing a wonderfully crisp quality, brought out by the subtle variations in its colour. The artist has opted for a simple, open composition, lending the work a relaxed, modern appeal.
A truly exceptional piece, in very good to excellent condition, to complement either a classic or contemporary interior.