A mythical tree, a vak-vak (or talking) tree. The limbs of this type of tree terminate in the heads of different animals as well as humans. The heads purportedly talked. The image above (from a Persian miniature) illustrates the legend that such a tree informed Alexander the Great of his early death. (namopanik)
The type of design on this carpet has its roots in earlier #Iranian #carpets, but the rich silk pile, highlighted with gold and silver brocading, and muted but lively colors, signaled a change from the past.