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1540 Antique White Field Shekarlou Shekarlu Qashqai Rug with Animals in the Border - NFS

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Gorgeous White Field Qashqai-Shekarlu Qashqai Rug,

Animals, flowers & matrix elements scattered wildly across the field.

There are TWO amazing features in this rug:

1) The first is the presence of animals that have strayed away from the field into the two vertical borders.

2) There are several types of filler elements present. This is not unusual. But what IS unusual is the OVERLAP seen  of one device over another, in a way such that the device beneath is partially covered and partially visible. Highlighted in the last set of images.  In all other rugs that I have seen, motifs are placed side by side and never one on top of another. When there is a space constraint on the edges, motifs have been truncated. But I haven't come across any example in which the space adjustment has been made by placing one element on top of another notionally. Maybe my exposure is limited and that is why I find this unusual. I welcome comments and other examples.

Persia, Late 1800s

Low pile, several small old reweaves.

Ends & Edges intact

7 ft. 6 in. x 4 ft. 9 in.

This is a masterpiece even within the very rare category of Shekarlu Rugs


If provenance means anything to the buyer, this rug has provenance - it was previously owned by a famous rug book author James Opie.

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This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.


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