This South East Persia woven around 1700s or earlier is a unique historic woven art tells the Whole Story of good and bad, Ahura Mazda and Ahriman, the higher aspirations of human kind, the paradox of living and its expectations all knotted into this master work.
South East Persia
Div, the Guardian of good against evil , protector of the holiness is being attacked by the mythical dragon. The dragon the most powerful creature of the ancient world is bitten by the mighty lion the king of the animals. The lion in return is being taken out by the most unsuspecting rabbit in a reversal of perceived power roles. The Div acts as the predecessor to the ideological tree of life as his feet on dirt represent birth from the ground. Raising up with all the experiences around, the love birds symbolize marriage and love and the branches and leaves and flowers are our life experiences and the fruits are our children. At the height of the tree and contradictory to the definition of height it is presenting the end of our lives ( the top of the arch ), but here, there is not an ending , but an opening to the more beautiful estate filled with different and colorful flowers representing beauty and wealth in the after life. extra ordinary.
Furthermore, this piece from Kourosh Collection
is now on display at Santa Barbara design center. come and see it in person.