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Azerbaijan rug, Late Khanate Period
Sale: N08103 | Location: New York
Auction Dates: Session 1: Fri, 03 Jun 05 10:15 AM
LOT 49 (of 103)
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT M. RUBIN
AN AZERBAIJAN RUG, NORTHWEST PERSIA,
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 27,000 USD
approximately 6ft. by 4ft. 1in. (1.83 by 1.24m.)
Sotheby's London, 28 April 1993, lot 66.
Since this unusual rug was purchased, the most related example to have appeared on the market is a gallery carpet from the Rossi collection (Sotheby's London, 10-12 March 1999, lot 1540) which had a similar structure, coloring and Isphahan-inspired field design. The field pattern of the present lot is more closely linked to the 'in-and-out' palmette, vinery and cloudband rugs of Isphahan, for one example, Sotheby's New York, April 10, 1997, lot 114. The Rossi carpet had a directional pattern of rows of palmettes and cloudbands, elements found in Isphahan rugs, however compositionally arranged in the manner of Northwest Persian or Karabagh carpets such as pl. 78, Kirchheim, H. et al., Orient Stars, London 1993, pp. 144-5. The borders of both of these carpets, while different themselves, have Turkish characteristics, with the motifs of this rug recalling those in the field of so-called 'bird' Oushak rugs. Here, however, the border is also a version of that on other South Caucasian carpets, such as one in the Textile Museum, see Ellis, Charles Grant, Early Caucasian Rugs, Washington, D.C. 1975, pl. 9. The reciprocal trefoil guard borders on the present rug appear as a primary border in carpets such as the Caucasian blossom carpet in the Textile Museum, see Ellis, op.cit., pl. 24 and a Sa'uj Bulagh carpet, see Burns, James, Antique Rugs of Kurdistan, Seattle, 2002, pl. 43.