The Russian-Persian and Persian Patterns: Where to Find Examples

This file contains references to photographs of the Russian-Persian and Persian patterns that are found in books that were published between 1950 and 1997.  See the Bibliography (Further Reading) file for complete citations.  Relevant items in the series of books by Bill and Louise Boggess are in The Boggess Project file.

It is recommended that the illustrations be viewed with a magnifying glass, under a bright light.  Readers who examine all of these photos should have no difficulty in identifying the Russian-Persian and Persian patterns when encountering them in the future.

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Daniel, 1950
p. 32 top:  Persian (with uncut hobnails), not “a variation of the Russian pattern.”

Revi, 1965
p. 178:  Russian-Persian, not Russian

Pearson, J. Michael and Dorothy T., 1965
p. 39 lower left:  Russian-Persian
p. 105 bottom:  Persian motif (with Brunswick stars on the hobnails) as part of Hunt’s Royal pattern
p. 180 top left:  Persian, not Russian

Pearson, J. Michael and Dorothy T., 1969
p. 87 top left:  Persian

Wiener and Lipkowitz, 1974
p. 12 bottom:  Russian-Persian
p. 22 top:  Persian, not Russian-Persian
p. 24 bottom:  Unknown, not Russian-Persian
p. 26 top:  Persian, not Russian-Persian
p. 51 bottom:  Persian, not Russian-Persian
p. 63 bottom:  Persian, not Russian-Persian
p. 115:  Russian-Persian, not Russian
p. 155 bottom:  Persian, not Russian-Persian
p. 169 top:  Persian (with Brunswick stars on the hobnails), not Russian
p. 183:  Persian motif (with single stars on the hobnails) as part of Hoare’s Arabesque pattern
p. 196:  Russian-Persian, not Russian
p. 255 top:  Russian-Persian

Swan, 1986
fig. 38 left:  Persian motif (with Brunswick stars on the hobnails) as part of Hunt’s Royal pattern
fig. 156:  Russian-Persian
fig. 293:  Russian-Persian

Spillman, 1996
fig. 2-13:  Persian, not Russian
fig. 8-13:  Persian motif as part of the Persian and Pillars pattern
fig. 8-27:  Persian
fig. 8-31:  Persian

Farrar and Spillman, 1977; Sinclaire and Spillman, 1997
fig. 39:  Russian-Persian
fig. 138:  Persian motif as part of the Persian and Pillars pattern
fig. 162:  Russian-Persian.  Hawkes calls this pattern Russian in spite of the fact that there are 12-pt hobstars — not single stars — on
the pattern’s hobnails.  This is the only exception to the “starred”-hobnails rule so far discovered among examples of Hawkes’s
Russian cuttings.  This indicates that Hawkes did not distinguish between the Russian and the Russian-Persian patterns at this
time, the mid 1880s.  How did the company determine which pattern was ordered?  Simple.  There was no confusion because
the order would have stated the number on the photo-card which was used as a catalog.  This number was unique for each
pattern/shape combination.  It has been confirmed that the pattern identifications on pp. 62-68 are those that are indicated
on the original salesmen’s cards; they have not been determined by J.S. Spillman.

fig. 641:  Persian motif (with Brunswick stars and strawberry (fine) diamonds on the hobnails) as part of an unnamed pattern by
Haselbauer & Sons