“Arabia II" aka "Arabia (avec Étriers)" or "Arabia (with Stirrups"), is a rare, vintage scarf created by iconic Herme̒s artist and designer, Vladimir Rybalchenko, and released by Herme̒s in 1981 as a redesign of his 1980 design "Arabia (sans Étriers)" or "Arabia (without Stirrups)." His design was inspired by the exquisite workmanship of highly skilled Arabian carpet weavers and horse tack makers, as the design depicts a bejeweled gold horse bridle and bit set and stirrups of Arabian design superimposed over an ornate Arabian style carpet. This redesign proved to be extremely popular, quickly sold out, and as a result, the design is now rated 2B (rare and beloved) by the preeminent Herme̒s scarf rating catalogue, 'Carre̒s d'art' (2017 ed).
The colorway is comprised of iris, periwinkle, lavender, burnished golds, auburn plus touches of pink, ruby and royal blue.
This 38 year old scarf is in a strong 7.75 out of 10, excellent, well maintained vintage condition (see our condition scale for reference). There are no stains, discolorations, holes, thread snags or thread runs. There are two small spots, very discreet, virtually unnoticeable located in the border area. The hems are intact, tight and and reasonably round. The short, white folded-over fabric/care label has been gently removed. The silk is clean and crisp with a very smooth hand. Colors are bright and strong. The scarf measures 34.25 x 34" (87cm x 86.4cm). No box comes with this scarf, but be assured, we will carefully pack and pad it for damage-free shipping.
This scarf is a collector’s item that does not come market very often. Don't miss out.