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The Chateau de Gourdon green Fachralo rug. dated 1288 (1871)

Sotheby's Rugs & Carpets
London | 28 Apr 2004, 02:30 PM | L04760
LOT 45

illegibly inscribed; dated 1288 (1871AD)
321 by 164cm., 10ft. 6in. by 5ft. 4in.
circa 1871

ESTIMATE 25,000-35,000 GBP
Lot Sold: 57,600 GBP

For related three medallion, green ground Fachralo Kazak rugs please see Sotheby's New York, October 31, 1980, lot
231 (dated 1312/1894); Sotheby's London, 24 April 1991, lot 26 (dated 1268/1851); and Sotheby's New York, May 1,
1982, lot 61, sold again at Rippon Boswell, Wiesbaden, 13 November 1993, lot 109. There are several rugs of similar
design with one or two medallions on either a blue, green or red field. The borders on these rugs most often have a
slant-leaf and chalice design, with a few examples sharing the "bug palmette" pattern of the present rug; the Sotheby's
1982 and Rippon Boswell example cited, as well as a 2 medallion rug sold Sotheby's New York, February 16, 2000,
lot 28. In this lot, the palmette is the only major border while in the related examples, it is one of two or three major
borders. The lot offered here also includes the red boxes enclosing stylized dragon motifs found on a few other green
ground Fachralo rugs such as the single medallion rug sold recently at Christie's London, 1 May 2003, lot 17; the
Battilossi Fachralo rug, Christie's London, 11 February 1998, lot 53; and the 1980 Sotheby's New York lot previously
mentioned. In design format, drawing and coloring, as well as placement of rosettes across the field, this rug is most
similar to the Battilossi rug.