The Afshar are a predominately Turkic-speaking tribal people inhabiting areas of southeastern Persia for centuries but with roots in Central Asia. Using a repeat pattern of stylized paired birds flanking a cypress tree, this rug, however, uses a design repertoire grounded in the traditions of eighteenth-century Northwest Persia. This dynamic, however, is not unusual when looking at the Afshar and their weavings. Though removed from most of the central hubs of urban Persian weaving, Afshar weavers readily adopted the designs and ideas emanating from these centers and adapted them throughout the nineteenth century. The saturated natural colors of this piece are of the highest quality, a characteristic for which Afshar pieces are highly renowned. The clarity of the white field allows for their vibrancy to be fully appreciated.
Oxidized browns and minor restorations