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Antique Derbend prayer rug, first half 19th century. From the collection of Marjorie and Russell Cook

Daghestan or Shirvan Pile Rug
First half of the 19th century

This piece features careful drawing in a wide range of saturated colors. The format is very square, with an unusually tall prayer arch. The main border is most unusual. Especially pleasing are the triangular shapes around the inner border and the arch, utilizing all the colors in the palette and providing a very lively effect. For similar pieces, see Kaffel's plate 61 1, as well as the cover of Oriental Rug Review 9/5 (June-July, 1989).

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

Structural Analysis
Size: 4' x 3' 3 1/2"
Warp: tan wool
Weft: cotton
Pile: symmetric knots, 9h x 10v, 90kpsi
Colors: (11) gold, dark blue, medium blue, red, white, red-brown, dark brown, gray-brown, medium green, watermelon pink, light pinkish tan
Ends: missing
Sides: mostly missing, some remnants of overcasting with white cotton