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Antique Derbend prayer rug in a lattice field, mid 19th century 

Daghestan Pile Rug
19th century

The boldness of the lattice is intriguing as is the shape of the mihrab. The dragon border ranges from carefully drawn to crude. The rug features very saturated colors and lustrous wool. We find the irregular wefting interesting. It seems to be an attempt to keep the rug square.

For a similar example, though much earlier and finer, see Kaffel's plate 60.1

1. Ralph Kaffel, Caucasian Prayer Rugs, London, 1998.

Structural Analysis
Size: 4' 4" x 2' 9" (137 x 84 cm)
Warp: brown and white wool
Weft: cotton
Pile: symmetric knots, 10h x 9v, 90kpsi
Colors: (7) ivory, dark blue, medium blue, orange-red, gold, dark gold, brown
Ends: missing
Sides: missing

From the collection of Marjorie and Russell Cook


New England Rug Society