Many Oriental carpets, including most Persian carpets, share a design format
that contains a rectangular central field surrounded by borders. In the
central field of this carpet, several patterns seem to be layered although
they are constructed knot by knot on a single level. The underlying pattern
of a scrolling vine has vertical and horizontal reflection. A stylized leafy
arabesque, also based on reflection, utilizes the same axes of symmetry.
The layered central medallion clearly relies upon reflection. Less easy to analyze, the main border combines symmetrical and asymmetrical designs to form a border pattern also based on reflection.
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