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The palmette is a design element said to resemble a cross section, or sometimes side view, of a woven stylized Lotus Flower.  palmettes are found in many rugs, and take many different shapes/forms, colors and incorporation in design.  It is not entirely uncommon a palmette would be a stand alone design element, although they sometimes may be woven in with an Islimi (eslimi) or other interconnected design elements.


Silk Heriz

Above: A silk Heriz from Sotheby's Auction April 10 & 11, 1981 (Lot 404)


Above: A Palmette design element from a very high grade Meshed/isfahan carpet (Below) made in Persia.

High Quality Meshed/Isfahan





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