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Two Fragments from a Dragon Carpet, 17th Century, Safavid Period, Karabagh Province (Beylerbeyi), Azerbaijan



TWO FRAGMENTS FROM A DRAGON CARPET
KARABAGH REGION, SOUTH CAUCASUS, LATE 17TH CENTURY

Price Realized 10,755 ($17,939)

Sale Information
Christie's Sale 6815
ORIENTAL RUGS AND CARPETS
16 October 2003
London, King Street

Lot Description
127-TWO FRAGMENTS FROM A DRAGON CARPET
Karabagh region, South Caucasus, Late 17th century
The tomato-red field of each with an overall lattice of bold lemon-yellow, ivory and pale green stylised palmettes around stylised dragon motifs and polychrome flowerheads, a part ivory angular palmette and hooked vine border on one side, areas of wear and partial loss, scattered patch restorations, backed separately
11ft. x 2ft.11in. (335cm. x 89cm.) and 11ft.1in. x 2ft.6in. (337cm. x 76cm.) (2)

Lot Notes
The drawing, the border motif, the spacing and particularly the colours of these two fragments indicate a relatively early date within the developments of dragon carpets. The same features can be seen, on a complete dragon carpet in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, amongst others (Ellis, Charles Grant: Early Caucasian Rugs, Washington D.C., pl.12, pp.54-5).