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Early Derbend or Southern Daghestani prayer rug with a lattice field, late 18th or early 19th century, 0.71 x 1.35m (2'4" x 4'5")

This is a very old Daghestan, possibly pre-1800. The intense burnt orange of the main border is unusual in east Caucasian weaving, but James Burns, the owner of the rug, states that it is a feature of very early Daghestans. The array of wonderful colours includes a deeply saturated aubergine. The wool is glossy and very fluffy, giving the rug an ethereal, almost weightless feel. In terms of design motifs it falls within a small group of Daghestan prayer rugs that feature a powerfully articulated, exaggerated lattice field. None of the other rugs in this group approaches die spaciousness of this example, however The field contains stylized tulips, unlike analogous pieces winch feature latch-hooked elements or rosettes- The other examples in this group also feature the arrowhead or ram's horns' main border employed here.


published Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer Rugs, plate 60
lit: published Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer Rugs, plate 60