Oriental Rug of the second or third quarter of the sixteenth century.

Oriental, antique, Persian, rug
Rug probably from northern Persia of the 16th century

Oriental Rug probably from northern Persia.

Second or third quarter of the 16th century.

THE light colored ornamentation is all in pure metal silver. The arrangement of the arabesques in the main field is one of the most ingenious in Persian rugs. Not only are the arabesque flowers themselves exquisitely drawn, but the interweaving of their stems forms a repealing and varied series of complicated, cleanly articulated patterns of exceeding loveliness. Although there are antecedents for all the motives used here, their combination is the work of some individual genius.


Source: The International studio. New York, John Lane Co. 1897

Note:  The Lictor panel. A stately Roman lictor in a rich costume.

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