A fragmentary North-West Persian carpet, the surviving sections of what must have been an impressive pair of large pattern herati carpets. Although in a reworked state, this carpet still retains great presence through the artistry of its weaver. The field design, with emphasis on the repeating rosettes is perhaps a glimpse of the original inspiration for the mina khani of Veramin. In addition it evokes the classic palmette and rosette patterns of 18th/19th.century Kurdistan. The border design would suggests Bakshaish but I am cautious of that attribution owing the carpet's long pile. All-in-all a fascinating piece which I am sure will prompt debate for some time to come, mid 19th.century (at least), 305 x 180cm, SOLD