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Karaja, Persia, second half 19th century,13ft. 11in. x 7ft 1in. Lot 53, Azadi Collection, Austrian Auction Company, 19th November, estimate: € 25.000 – 35.000. This carpet is a distant relative of the Heriz, Karaja and Serapi carpets of the late 19th century, all of which captured the best aspects of Persian classical carpet design but within a strong local vernacular style. It is interesting to note that the designs seen at the extreme ends of the field are much more hooked and Caucasian in character. Conservatively dated to the second half of the 19th century, full pile carpets of this age do not unusually appear at auction.

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