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This is an antique Afshar rug. A collector´s and also a nice decorative rug with a sober palette. It shows the three medallions classical design, each of them featuring in the center a rosette with the ´Sun Chariot´ design, an ancient symbol of eternal life related to the swastika and it´s meaning to Buddhism. The medallions show a reciprocal border of “animal heads” on ivory color against the deep midnight blue of the field. The system guard has two main ones: an inner guard in terracotta red color, with multicolored stepped borders, compactly filled with birds, and an outer one in midnight blue, alternating, rosettes with eight pointed stars and other designs, with animals with the expected normal four feet on the short borders, but with five feet on the long ones. This guards with birds and animals are a very distinctive feature of Neiriz rugs. The field is filled with tribal motifs: rosettes, amulets, birds, and two fantastic animals outlined in blue color, placed between both upper medallions. Their tails bear as finishing a checkered motif called ´gol shatrandji´ and they have six feet: It is possible that this fantastic feature has derivate in origin from images on the reliefs of the magnificent  ruins of the Apadana of Persepolis, which nomad tribes passed by on their annual migrations.

Literature: related examples were published on the book:

Masterpieces of Fars Rugs. Author: Cyrus Parham. Teheran 1996. Pages: 172, 173, 176, 177, 182 and 183.

Provenance: Trybiarz Collection – Buenos Aires


a. Origin Persia, Neiriz, Afshar tribe.
b. Estimated Age Antique: early 20Th century
c. Craft (Embroidery etc) Wool pile knotted on cotton foundation
d. Size (mention cm/inches) 227cm x 131cm
e. Condition Report Good pile – complete – Both ends secured
f. Damage & Shortcomings Old repair. Small spots of low pile
g. Item Location (Country) Argentina
Seller Name Trybal – Abel Trybiarz
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