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Author:john taylor
Wed, Jul 14th, 2004 10:52:43 PM
Topic: Ardabil Fight-Club Round 4

The Tabriz medallion design concept went on to a long and illustrious career beyond the Safavid borders. A piece from Divrigi(1)

has a massive medallion, which would not be out of place on the original models. The quaint and eccentric field shows the spiral vines(as well as they could be drawn with a much coarser technique)and even the arabesque loops are still present although turning into what was later to become the Afshan pattern. An early crystallised Afshan pattern can be seen on a piece from the Pacific Collections book(2)

Here the arabesque loops have taken on their final form, roundels have come into the field and the whole has a more dragonised look. This is presumably an 18th century piece. One last example vis-a-vis the Rothschild/Qatar Safavid carpet can be found in the Berlin Museum, which is shown here(for educational purposes) in original(3) )
and "conserved"condition(4).

The fragment was in the possession of Bernheimers and was purchased after the second world war to replete the devastated Berlin collections. Both Erdmann and Spuhler date it to the 16th century but the original owners more wisely settled for the 17th/18th centuries. This seems like the last gasp of a noble tradition.

Author: jc
Wed, Jul 14th, 2004 10:52:43 PM

Hi John:
That last gasp you mention of this noble tradition seems to have not actually perished but to have continued on in Kurdistan with the production of those large gallery furnishing carpets. Their far less elegant, but non-the-less still eminently recognizable, palmettes and attempts at reproducing the sinuous arabesque vine and smaller flower-head tracery can be easily pictured as extensions of the originals the Ardabil Fight Club has been honing in on.

Not to forget to mention the Bijar and NWP carpets that also were also clearly based on and related to them.

As with most, if not all, other early carpet styles it can be said: Early carpet designs don't die - they just gently morph into later renditions and outright copies with their varying degrees of more or less successful interpretations and re-interpretations of the remarkably superior originals pictured here and elsewhere in the Fight Club threads.

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