Nineteenth Century Signed Laver Kirman Carpet

GBP 10,000.00

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Object Description

Nineteenth Century Signed Laver Kirman Carpet
3.44 x 2.70 m

19th Century Laver Kirman carpets are among the most highly prized, and most unique, of all Persian workshop pieces. The workshops of Kirman, well known for the high quality of their weavings, won the royal patronage of the Safavid court in the 17th Century, and became some of the earliest Oriental carpets to make their way into the Western market. Later on, its weavers, in turn, took a certain influence from European textile traditions, incorporating a distinct palette, inspired by the colours of Classical French carpets, as can be seen in this example, with its soft champagne, cornflower blue, maroon, and sage green tone, all in gracefully aged natural vegetable dyes.

This beautiful 19th Century work, bearing the signature of one of the master weavers of its era, indicating it must have been a special commission, likely for someone of title – the piece predates the widespread commercialization of Persian carpet production, and so has the character of earlier 18th Century pieces in its design, which features a series of scrolling floral and vegetal motifs, framed by a tasteful border. The artist has employed an open composition, as opposed to the conventional central medallion layout, which, combined with its muted palette, lends the carpet a sense of balance and grace.

A stunning example, this piece is in remarkably good condition for everyday use considering its era, still retaining its original outer borders on all sides, with a charming age-related patina.

With its understated elegance, this carpet would make a welcome addition to any setting.

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