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Antique Mahal Kelleh

Circa 1910
600 × 155 cm 19’8” x 5’1”


An amazing and enormous antique Mahal Kelleh, woven in the early part of the 20th Century.  The dyes are really stunning, full of pale blues, deep reds, pinks, sage greens and yellows to create an elegant and rare weaving. The main design in the centre is the famous ‘Herati’ design.  This pattern consists of a flower centred in a diamond with curving lanceolate leaves located outside the diamond and parallel to each side. There are many versions of this design in different shapes and varying sizes. This design has been stylised through the centuries and is supposed to represent two fish swimming around a water-lily, the design in 19th century carpets depicts two leaves around a flower.  On this remarkable Kelleh they resemble fish more than leaves, as we can see an eye in each one.

In excellent original condition, no major wear or damage.  Ready to be used for another 100 years on the floor to add character and warmth to a hall for example.

Mahal carpets were produced in Sultanabad, Persia which is now Arak in the center of Iran. Mahal and Sultanabad rugs were made in the same area as the earliest Fereghans and Sarouks, but they are very different in form and structure. Floral motifs and overall designs of vine scrolls and palmettes remain consistent with the influences of western color palettes and are all characteristics of Ziegler carpets.

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