Mystery rug#4

From Hali 91 page 168

Wendel Swan comments:

This rug has an an exotic and compelling presence, thanks to an amalgam of design elements.

The reciprocal trefoil borders initially suggest a Caucasian origin, as does the ascending field. But it just wasn't Caucasian.

The borders resembles the Turkmen curled-leaf border, but it is no more Turkmen than it is Chinese.

There was something about the composition to suggest a central or eastern Anatolian interpretation, but that analysis didn't go far either.

The medium brown wefts vary from 3 to 12 shoots, but they are not always continuous across the width. It appears that the weaver packed extra wefts from time to time to keep the pattern regular.

Finally Jerrehian's generic "northwest Persian" attribution seemed to fit comfortabilly

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