It doesn’t take a king’s ransom to own a royal treasure. Nourison has replicated the magnificent splendor of the renowned “Sickle Leaf” carpet from the Corcoran Gallery that broke records with a nearly $34 million Sotheby’s auction price. Rich in color with a marvelous intricacy of pattern, its beauty and rarity are deemed “incomparable” by experts in the field. Dating to the 17th century, it is of the Persian textile tradition known as the “vase” technique, with floral forms springing forth from ornate containers that center the design. The exceptional color story encompasses a regal Persian red, ripe persimmon, and a lapidary spectrum of blues ranging from azure to turquoise to deepest sapphire. The elegant border continues the theme of imaginative leaves and blossoms on a network of twirling vines. This ancient design is fresh and alive, its vitality perfectly captured in its new Nourison incarnation.
This modern mix of European and Persian textile traditions takes visual excitement to a new level. The lively and sophisticated design presents flickering abstract shapes on an intricately striated ground. The complex color story is a vivid spectrum of jewel tones. Unique and dazzling!