Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet

Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet

Featured, Oriental Rugs
Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet - The intricately woven carpet of red and blue and green, using its asymmetrical pattern of sickle-shaped leaves and floral profusion, was made by an unknown artist in Persia, for an individual important, probably the shah, in the first half of the 1600s to embellish the dais of his throne. Later, it fell in to the hands of the dealer in Paris, where a blustery billionaire industrialist-turned-senator from Montana fancied it. William Clark probably hung it for the wall of his Fifth Avenue mansion in New York within the early 1900s. Upon his death in 1925, his will bequeathed the rug, regarding his other art, to the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Highly acclaimed — yet rarely seen except in art books — carpeting spent almost all of…
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