Mr Rezwani and Michael Fletcher of Babak’s Oriental Carpets in Canada have sent this image – one which raises many questions. Is it a portrait? Of whom? Does the text answer the question? How does the text translate? What political position does the rug take, especially given the posed opposition of the military and buddhist figures? Has anyone seen a peaked frame like this? And what is the red object at upper center? A challenge to all visitors…
Nasser Palangi, a local artist from Iran, translates the text on the left as: “Barekat” which may be the makers signature or a form of blessing, and “Asheghan-e-karevan” which is a reference to those who follow the nomadic life.
Whether or not it’s a portrait, It’s certainly can’t be pro-Taliban (given their ban on figurative representations, and their anti-buddhist acts) So what is it saying, visually? Is it a parable of good and evil, with contemporary allusions?
This appears to be the same “peaked frame” motif or pointed mehrab? (this detail drawn from Graham’s latest contribution). Can anyone explain the origins of this form?
Updated to add – the mystery is solved with the help of Hossein Valamanesh.