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Antique Kazak "Tree of Life" rug, mid 19th century, Kazak Region, Azerbaijan

Published: Oriental Rugs from Pacific Collections, plate 209, page 201; Oriental Rug Review, Vol.10, #4 (April/May 1990), p.6.
4’1 x 3’3. ca.1860-75. Small tree Kazaks with a single column of 1,2 or 3 trees are rarer than their larger counterparts with 2 columns of trees and (usually) a central column of octagons. Most have red grounds; green grounds are extremely rare. A red ground example with a single tree and “chafer” palmettes as an inner border was published in Orient Stars, pl.22; Nagel, 3 November 1979, #136a; Lefevre, 1 December 1978, #52. In his catalog caption, Lefevre commented on the “unusually small” size of his rug (5’1 x 4’2). Herrmann published a single tree, red ground example in S.O.T. II, pl.21, and a 3-tree, red ground piece in S.O.T. III, pl.22. A 2-tree, red ground rug is published in Eskenazi’s L’Arte del Tappeto Orientale, p.168. Other small examples include Sotheby's London, April 16, 1986, #490 (Museo Montagna pl.7; Sotheby's London, November 22, 1988, #31; May 12, 1987, #81; Rippon-Boswell, November 22, 1997, #130; November 16, 2002, #32 ; March 19, 1988; Nagel, September 3, 1989, #3969; Hali 45, p.86; Austrian Collections II, pl 47 (with 3 barber-pole, diagonally striped borders, dated to c.1900); and, the only other green-ground example that I know of, a 3-tree rug with a barber pole inner border, dated to C1870 (but probably closer to c.1900) at Christie ’s London, April 25, 2002, #8.