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Antique Caucasian prayer rug, Baku or Derbend, second half 19th century

SIZE: 55 1/2 x 44 in. (141 x 111.8 cm.)
WARP: wool, z3s; light brown
WEFT: cotton, 235 x 2 with areas of up to 6 discontinuous wefts, esp. at the edges; ivory
PILE: wool, Z2S, symmetrical knots, h. 9, v. 10, 90 k/sq. in.; ivory, tan, dark brown, red-brown, red, gold,dark green, green (abrash), dark blue, blue,light blue
ENDS:top: ivory cotton weft-faced plain weave
SIDES: cut, modern cord attached

While the colors of its stripes might first appear to be arbitrarily chosen, a closer look reveals the careful planning that determined their sequence. At the bottom, the field begins with a "base" of alternating red, white, and blue stripes that cradle the rest of the design. Above, color groupings form four dark chevrons, with decreasing spaces between them. At the prayer arch, the stripes terminate with a sawtooth effect in red and white, which creates the illusion of a third dimension. Finally, the restrained narrow border design effectively but unobtrusively frames the dazzling interior.

Lit.: NERS