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Antique Kazak Karachop rug, late 19th century

Christie's (London)
Rugs and Carpets - Battilossi Tappeti d'Antiquariato
Wednesday, 11 February, 1998

Lot 75

The shaded indigo field scattered with small rosettes together with hooked rectangular panels containing hooked lozenges, hooked vine or stellar flowerheads flanking a large central rectangular panel with chequered corners enclosing a large ivory octagonal panel with hooked motifs flanking a central shaded tomato-red and sandy yellow octagonal panel with further hooked motifs, smaller octagonal panels above and below, in a sandy yellow border of serrated leaves linking hooked floral motifs and stylised anthropomorphic figures between reciprocal skittle pattern stripes, outer minor plain and barber-pole stripes, corroded black, localised repair and repiling, minor end guard stripes rewoven, one selvage rebound, the other with repairs, small stains in field 6ft.11in. x 5ft.4in. (211cm. x 163cm.)

A very similar rug is in a private collection in Austria Antique Oriental Carpets from Austrian Collections, Vienna, 1986, no.43). Both have the extremely rare blue field colour coupled with a yellow border. Both also include the variation within the border design between the hooked bars at the sides and the anthropomorphic forms at each end.

Est.: Ј15,000-20,000, US$25,000-33,000

Sold for Ј17,250