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Antique Derbend prayer rug, 19th century, Bergamo, La Torre Collection

Daghestan prayer rug
Northeastern Caucasus

The carpets from Daghestan in the northeastern Caucasus stand out particularly for their knotting, which is not very refined, and their high pile. Carpets with a white or blue ground and serrated-grid layouts containing geometric figures are usually attributed to this provenance. The prayer layout is often superimposed on this pattern, as in the above example, where the mihrab is recognizable only by the arch's geometric profile. Noteworthy are the numerous borders—the main border being decorated with a hooked motif—typical of this region. All prayer rugs with light-colored grounds are often said to come from Daghestan, although this does not take into account the Shirvan production.


published Enza Milanesi "The Carpet", p. 129