Antique Sultanabad, Persia, late nineteenth century.
Vertical columns of viney, tree-like shrubs spread in staggered array across the soft green field of this boldly elegant antique Sultanabad. The coloration of these forms - using a domnant ivory for the vines and terracotta, apricot,saffron and blue for the flowers - appears especially lovely against the variegated shades of green. The border of star cartouches and tiny vines on a terracotta ground provides a framing contrast in scale with the monumental design of the field, although using the same range of colors to achieve a larger harmony.
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