Large Indo-Heriz Indian hand knotted wool pile on cotton rug, late 20th century. With a large central medallion on a terracotta field with ivory, mustard, and green flowers. Four spandrels with a samovar (stylized turtle) in each corner. Navy blue border. Approximately 60-70 knots per square inch.
Provenance: Oriental Rug Co., Edina, Minnesota, 1996; From the Estate of C. Curtis "Curt" Dunnavan, Long Lake, Minnesota.
C. Curtis "Curt" Dunnavan (1926-2022) was a passionate world traveler and avid collector. It was through his travels that he was inspired to begin a lifelong relationship with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), becoming a major sponsor of the institute and facilitating the growth of their Asian art department, which is now one of the best in the country. His generous donations to Mia allowed them to establish a fund for the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, one of the few endowed positions of this type in the museum field. He additionally served as a trustee of the institute, advocating for its operational growth. In its turn, the museum established a gallery named in his honor in recognition for his endowment fund and numerous contributions to their collection. The selections here showcase his talent and breadth of collecting, ranging from ancient statues to 19th-century woodblock prints. His appreciation for art persisted throughout his life and we are honored to offer items from his collection in this auction.
Length: 9 ft 10 in x width: 8 ft 2 in.
The rug is in overall good condition. There are a few minute spots with low pile, possibly from furniture, but otherwise the pile is even throughout. The color are bold and deep. Discoloration tot he fringes; likely some losses to the fringe. Light soiling throughout consistent with age and use. Light soiling to the verso.
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