Meshed Rug: 163cm x 85cm

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Origin: Persia/Eastern Iran
Style: Meshed
Provenance: N/A
Dated: Mid/Late 20th C
Hand Knotted 100% Wool Pile
Length: 163cms / 5.3 feet
Width: 85cms / 2.7 feet

Near the Turkestan border of eastern Iran, in the large territory named Khurasan, is the town of Meshed, important as a collecting center for rugs which for that reason are often given the same name. Meshed is also a depot for some nomad rugs.Meshed rugs are knotted on a foundation of cotton, though in some cases there may be wool in the weft. Red is the most usual colour, but the ground may be mauve, with a pattern in cream. Meshed rugs often have a well designed center medallion and large corner patterns. The ground is quite often strewn with an abundance of multi-coloured posies and leaves.

The whole rug has a frame of borders, made up, in the best Iranian tradition, of a broad main border and several lesser borders.This wonderfully pretty rug is steeped in the traditions of the Meshed design.  The central medallion is superbly designed, and bears a great significance, exemplified by an ivory ground. Stylised birds adorn the field and the rest of the piece is made up of a myriad of beautifully intricate borders in red, mauve, cream, indigo and a hint of yellow. This is a splendid piece, a work of art that could be studied and looked at many a year after one first casts ones eyes on it. It should be noted that this piece has some abrash to it's pile, and therefore perfectionists should probably give this piece a miss.

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