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Antique Karabagh "Kasim Ushag" rug, late 19th century, Elisabethpol Governorate (Елизаветпольская губерния), Zangezur Uyezd. Murray L Eiland Jr. & Murray Eiland III's "Oriental Rugs A Complete Guide" plate no: 252


Murray Eiland writes: "The interesting aspect is not how the designs slowly evolved from the first dragon rugs - which can to some degree be traced in the plates of Grant Ellis's Early Caucasian Rugs and Yetkin's Early Caucasian Rugs in Turkey - but how static they became in the nineteenth century, when thousands of almost identical pieces were woven. It is as if the natural development of design ceased, perhaps when particular rug types established a firm identity within the market. This phenomenon may also be associated with the fact that the Russian government suppled standardized models to the home based carpet industry."