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Early Karabagh rug, 18th century, Safavid Period, Karabagh Province (Beylerbeyi), Azerbaijan. published at Schurmann's Caucasian rugs plate no: 93. 102x222cm (31x44)


The rug was first published by Ulrich Schurmann as plate 38 in his Bilderbuch fuer Teppichsammler in 1960 and again in 1974 as plate 93 in his ‘Caucasian Rugs’.

Schurmann dated the rug to the 17th century, which is most probably wrong, and the rug should be placed in the 18th century. He also mistakenly suggested the rug was woven by Armenians, which is misinformation. The rug was woven in Kuba or Karabagh Khanate, by the local Muslim population. There are many other similar examples from the Safavid and Khanate Period.