Offered is a very rare all hand knotted fine wool with natural colors dated circa 1780 to 1800 in Kerman, Iran, depicting Darius the Great, the king of Achaemenid Dynasty (ca. 550–486 BCE) battling with a lion from the scenes of Persepolis, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire.
This unique design is embellished with mythical old Persian sceneries on both top corners in addition to a fine illustration of the Great Egyptian Sphinx of Giza on the bottom left and Simorgh, the famous bird in Persian mythology and the Sassanian royal symbol on the bottom right.
Two pillars beautifully proportioned and based on the pillars of Apadana palace (6th-5th century BC) are seen with their top decorations on sides of this magnificent antique rug.
This spectacular rare antique rug is about 200 years old and was hand knotted by Ali Sefid, a well-known senior rug weaver in Iran.
It measures 63 cm x 80 cm (24.80" x 31.49").