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Antique Bordjalou rug, so called "Sewan Kazak" rug, Borchaly / Bordjalou Uyezd.  published Ian Bennett's Oriental Rugs Volume I, plate 14.

 'Sewan' Kazak with stylised animals and bold reciprocal arrow-head guards, and with the medallion surrounded by latch-hooks, commonly called 'running-dogs'. The outer border is close in design to those found on some Caucasian kilim. The straight-sided, octagon-ended medallion is not as commonly encountered as the wing-sided medallion. On this piece, however, the weaver has badly miscalculated the size of the space available and has had to curtail the octagon at one end. The hook-edged, motif within the central small white-ground decahedron (with its bottom point cut flat) is, according to Kerimov, called the 'wedding table'. This suggests that rugs of this design were once woven for a specific festive occasion, i.e. a wedding. Probably second half of the 19th century. 237 x 176 cm