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Antique 1940s Persian Qashqai Rug, King Bahram and the Lion, 3x5

$2,800
$3,50020% Off

About the Item

This Qashqai Persian carpet featuring King Bahram and the Lion, circa 1940 consists of hand-knotted handspun sheep's wool with a hand-knotted handspun camel hair background and vegetable dyes. Its central field depicts the story of king Bahram and the lion from Ferdowsi's "Shahnameh." Here the lion represents the inner evils and weaknesses of the human ego, which Bahram must defeat in order to become King of Persia. Balanced above and below them is the Zoroastrian symbol of Faravahar, the angel of goodness, and in each of the rug's four corners are the figures of the lion and the horse. The lion represents the king and the horse represents the people, two entities which need to become one in order for the kingdom to prosper. Vibrant hues balance the neutral background tones of the field and border, with golds, reds, and blues distributed among shades of cream and camel. Lines of four throughout the border represent the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water, while peacocks in the field represent royalty and flowers throughout the design symbolize purity. This carpet is in excellent vintage condition and measures 3'6" x 5'5". Orley Shabahang takes pride in selecting and curating the finest vintage and antique carpets, ensuring that the preservation of this ancient art form will endure for generations to come.
  • Dimensions:
    Width: 42 in (106.68 cm)Length: 65 in (165.1 cm)
  • Style:
    Tribal (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Wool,Hand-Knotted,Vegetable Dyed
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1940
  • Condition:
  • Seller Location:
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: A16F34881stDibs: LU944215003942

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