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A vigorous colorful stylized pheasant takes wing across an ivory ground on this rare antique Bakshayish rug from the Heriz district, the field is filled with a scatter of geometric leaves, flowers, lines, and other vegetal forms. The narrow red main border displays a rosette and stiff vine pattern, and is flanked by similar light blue minors.
This highly visual pattern is extremely rare and is known on fewer than ten examples, almost all on ivory and with one or more birds. Although the pheasants are basically the same In Design, colors and details differentiate them.
The condition is quite good although there is loss of the lower minor border. This highly collectible antique Persian rug is unrestored and is ready for display on wall of floor.
The small format Bakshaish belongs to a group of tapestries are known only from a few specimens. A midst flowering branches sits at the top end of the field a giant blue bird with outstretched wings inverted head and to the side on a curved path pattern leading up to it, which acts as a conductor. His long tail feathers hang down vertically to the center of the field. Characteristic of the style of Bakshaish rugs, all motifs are represented geometrically abstracted.