This American hooked rug c. 1930 is new to the shop and was recently posted to our 1st dibs page. The stag in the middle of this carpet is unforgettable; rendered in a heavy black outline he is bold and proud yet composed in such wonderfully quiet tonal shades.
Stag imagery appears occasionally in carpets, and is not limited to the Western folk art expression of the previous hooked rug. This magnificent Persian Sultanabad c. 1880 is a highly desirable example of Near Eastern weaving, and is one of the most sought after types of antique carpets on the market today.
Pairs of leaping stags punctuate the field of this carpet. They bring life and tremendous originality to an otherwise conservative design. The finite attention to detail that was given to the posture and balance of these magnificent animals belies the great skill and creativity that was active at the Sultanabad looms during the 19th century.
An Assyrian cylinder seal (13th century BCE) from the Morgan library shows a stag leaping between two trees. Researchers at the Morgan point out that the ancient Assyrian word for Stag was the same word used for “ruler” or “prince.”
A cast lead deer c. 1940 from JF Chen. Originally conceived as a landscape figure, this object has a delicate sensibility that feels deeply personal and is a refreshing counterpoint to the more typically masculine stag imagery.
Finally, the postmodern representation of the stag preferred by 9-out-of-10 college students everywhere.