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Antique Hand Knotted Persian Afshar Rug, Size 2'6" x 3'11" , Circa 1890.
Afshar is a handwoven rug style produced by the Turkic Afshar Tribe a semi-nomadic group principally located in the mountainous areas surrounding the modern region of Iranian Azerbaijan. Antique Afshar rugs from the 19th century are characterized by their quality of craftsmanship and wool. Colors are saturated: deep Indigo, Carnelian, Saffron and Ochre tones predominate. While complex repeating all-over designs are prevalent, Afshar weavers also drew upon Southern Persian carpet imagery, with both motifs, shrub and occasionally "Tree of Life" compositions also encountered. Kurdish influences are evident in angular medallion format rugs, as well as in the general spontaneity encountered in several original flower and bird designs.