Esfahan 400 x 302cm


The Esfahan Carpet is always fine and elegant. If it is not, it is called Najafabad, a nearby poorer town. Esfahani humour. One does get tired of seeing the same central medallion and quarters design re-hashed over and over so when we find an Esfahan rug with an individual personality it is usually exceptional.

I find the great swirling energy of this carpet irresistible. The way the acanthus leaves, the pumpkin vine arabesques grow through the dark blue acanthus loops is thrilling. The rest of the field has the standard Shah Abbas palmettes usual in Esfahan carpets and the border, I suppose thankfully, is quite static and protective of this exuberance.