An Interesting Isfahan (Isphahan) Pictorial Carpet from Persia Circa 1930 from Sotheby's June 2008 Sale N08456 titled "FRENZY" has now appeared for sale on eBay. The rug measures approximately 7ft. 5in. by 4ft. 9in. (2.26 by 1.45m.) and was woven around 1930.
Original estimate was $5,000 - 7,000. Lot 145 Closed on June 11 for a price of $8,750 Including Buyer's Premium
This piece belongs to a unique variety of isfahan carpets. Other than the unidirectional field with pictorial design, this carpet features silk foundation. While the foundation may be informally called the "skeleton" of a rug, what is unusual about this rug's silk foundation is that it is noted as "polychrome," meaning the fringe has a variety of colors. Other select groups of finer, older oriental rugs feature similar characteristics: Those of which would include silk on silk "polychrome" Feraghan Sarouks, and "Rainbow" Silk Warp Senna rugs. This particular rug shown below has high knot density, with around 620 KPSI.
Here is the Isphahan Pictorial Rug on eBay (and seen below)!
SEE ORIGINAL LISTING ON SOTHEBY'S
Isfahan has a long history in the art of Oriental Rug weaving.
Perhaps the most notable of Rugs which has been attributed as an
"Isfahan" is that which was previously owned by Doris Duke. This carpet sold for a Record Hammer Price, and of course made it into the Rug Rag entry "Top Ten Most Expensive Rugs and Carpets of '08" when it sold this past June.