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Antique Shirvan Medallion & Gubba (Dome) (so called "Karagashli") rug in a shaded navy blue field

Code: SHMD04

Age: ~1870-80

: 122x250cm

Size (ft): 4'0"x8'2"

Structure: wool pile, ivory wool warps and ivory wool wefts.

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Description: Various tribal motifs and hooked totemic devices are spontaneously scattered upon the striking shaded indigo field around a row of five stepped and checkered lozenge medallions. A stylised red serrated saw-edged pendant (gubba) above the field have been related by some authors to ancient Egyptian and Persian Royal insignia and could symbolize "fire". Yellow ground S (dragon) motif main border between small octagonal dice motif outer border and inner arrow head guards.

Masterful natural color palette. Beautiful shades of blue, green, yellow. A skilful use of mauve in the details.

The ends are repaired (after the overall photo of the rug is taken). Overall good condition.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (James F. Ballard Collection) - https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/447470

Ulrich Schurmann's "Caucasian Rugs", plate 66

Ian Bennett's Oriental Rugs, Volume I, plate 256 http://www.azerbaijanrugs.com/guide/kuba/kuba-shirvan-medallion/antique_caucasian_kuba_shirvan_medallion_rug148.htm

Werner Grote-Hasenbalg's "Meisterstücke Orientalischer Knüpfkunst", table 20 (36)


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