Talish Carpet

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This long narrow carpet, woven in Northwestern Iran, features a dramatic central field of dark blue that appears to shimmer in the light. The subtle effect is created by natural variations in color or abrash that result when wool is dyed by hand in small batches. The effect is commonly seen in hand-woven carpets, and inventive weavers often deliberately used abrash to create a subtle play of color and light. The long blue expanse of this rug evokes the rectangular pools of water found in formal Persian gardens and brings to mind the Quranic promise of a paradise with lush gardens and flowing rivers.

Object Creation Date
19th century
Wool warp, weft and pile; symmetrically knotted pile
Object Type
George Walter Vincent Smith Collection
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