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Early Khanate Period Karabagh or Shirvan Dragon rug, Azerbaijan


A CAUCASIAN DRAGON CARPET
KARABAGH REGION, SOUTH CAUCASUS, SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY

Price Realized 4,113 ($5,901)

Sale Information
Christie's Sale 6435
ORIENTAL RUGS AND CARPETS
3 May 2001
London, King Street

Lot Description
26-A CAUCASIAN DRAGON CARPET
Karabagh Region, South Caucasus, second half 18th Century
The tomato-red field with an overall lattice of aubergine, ivory, sandy yellow and dark blue bands containing angular floral motifs linking stylised palmettes, the panels between containing further palmettes and stylised dragons, in an ivory stylised glass and serrated leaf border between mill-pattern stripes, considerable old restoration
12ft.2in. x 7ft.6in. (370cm. x 228cm.)

Pre-Lot Text
WEDGEWOOD AND ALLIED WARES

Lot Notes
The evolution of the 'dragon' design has been well documented by Ellis (Charles Grant: Early Caucasian Rugs, Washington 1976, pp.12-16 and 32-59) and Yetkin (Serare: Early Caucasion Carpets in Turkey,London, 1978, vol.II, pp.8-40). The present example represents the last stages of the development, with the design acquiring a more village feel than the rigorous examples of the early seventeenth century.