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Early Karabagh or Kuba rug, early 19th century, Azerbaijan


A SOUTH CAUCASIAN RUG
PROBABLY KARABAGH DISTRICT, CIRCA 1850

Price Realized 4,780 ($8,590)

Sale Information
Christie's Sale 6941
ORIENTAL RUGS AND CARPETS
14 October 2004
London, King Street

Lot Notes
Lot Description
91-A SOUTH CAUCASIAN RUG
PROBABLY KARABAGH DISTRICT, CIRCA 1850
The ivory field with an overall multicoloured Afshan design, in a shaded reciprocal rust-red and sandy yellow skittle pattern border between narrow charcoal-black minor stripes, light even overall wear, naturally corroded black, both ends rewoven in part of the outer stripe, selvages replaced
10ft.1in. x 4ft.4in. (307cm. x 132cm.)

Lot Notes
This piece is very similar in field and border design to one published in Burns, James, D.: The Caucasus, Traditions in Weaving, Seattle, 1987, no.14, sold in these Rooms, 18 October 2001, lot 275. The present rug, with its inclusion of a greater number of smaller motifs in the field and alteration of the original proportions of the afshan design, was probably made a little time after the Burns rug. The note to that lot gives references to further related pieces, many of which have been attributed to the Sauj Bulaq Kurds.