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Antique Derbend rug with the striped design, 19th century 

3rd quarter 19th century 1.12 x 1.32m (3'3" X 4'4")
Striped designs were employed on prayer rugs throughout the Caucasus region, with the possible exception of the Kazak weaving area. Various configurations are used, including vertical stripes, diagonal stripes and chevron bands. Other examples of striped rugs can be seen in plates 27,28,34,40,72,73 and 87. This rug is of a somewhat unusual design, with its riot of colours (a total of 15 are used) and the alternating pattern of boteh and quartered diamonds within the bands. The field is filled with 25 polychrome verticalbands, while in the spandrels narrower bands, on adiagonal bias, are employed.
A slightly smaller but otherwise virtually identical rug is illustrated as plate no in Bennett, Oriental Rugs, Vol 1: Caucasian.1 The two pieces are so similar that they may well have been woven as a pain they are almost certainly the work of the same weaver. Although Bennett's piece was placed in the Karabagh section of his book, he wrote that 'I cannot help feeling that a more northeasterly attribution is likely'- (Bennett's book was essentially an English commentary to an earlier German book by Doris Eder, and Bennett was committed to the prior attributions. The main borders of both rugs, as well as the blue -black medachyl inner border, are typical of Daghestan as are the technical features of this example.


published Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer Rugs, plate 57
lit: published Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer Rugs, plate 57