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Antique Bordjalou rug, so called "Sewan Kazak" rug, Borchaly / Bordjalou Uyezd. published Ian Bennett's Oriental Rugs Volume I, plate 16.

A fine example with well-proportioned medallion and a typical border design. An example similar in style to the present piece, once in the McMullan collection, is dated 1797, but is obviously considerably older than the present piece, as well as having a different palette of predominantly, dark blue and red. The McMullan piece also contains a dark purple-brown colour which is considered a sign of an old Kazak. Raoul Tschebull illustrates a related rug in his Hali article (fig. 7), which he, too, compares to the McMullan rug. However, he points out that his piece has small details dyed with a mixture of madder and the synthetic red Ponceau 2R, which means that it must post-date the McMullan rug by almost a century (that is, if we accept the date on the latter). Second half of the 19th century. 220 x 157 cm