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Antique Karabagh "Kasim Ushag" rug, late 19th century, Elisabethpol Governorate (Елизаветпольская губерния), Zangezur Uyezd.

Ian Bennett writes: "Except for the unusual yellow-ground border, which echoes the colour of the two narrow bars within the field, and the fact that this piece has only an implied cruciform medallion, the overall composition is typical, There is a wide range of colours. Both in design and colour it is extremely close to a Kasim-Ushag rug illustrated by Michael Franses in The World of Rugs, 1973 (no. 15), which bore the extremely early date of 1293 A.H. (A.D. 1876). However, there is so little obvious difference between this latter piece and our no. 99, which is exactly 41 years younger, it would seem there was little, if any, degeneration during this period. Probably late 19th century." 224 x 124 cm

published Ian Bennett's Oriental Rugs, Volume I, plate 101