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Antique Kazak Prayer rug, 1.07x1.17m (3'6" x 3'10"), dated AH 1245 (1829 AD), Azerbaijan

Rugs in this group feature large areas of undecorated colour and a particular shade of light, mottled green; dotted blue spandrels often feature above the prayer arch. The first publication of a similar example was in Kendrick and Tattersall's Handwoven Carpets, Oriental and European, of 1922 (plate 138). Like Kendrick and Tattersall's piece this rug has a 'pinwheel' or swastika within an ivory polygon, and bird-like ornaments which have been likened to imperial Russian eagles. The borders on the two rugs are identical. Our rug, however, is distinguished by its extraordinarily well-balanced design. It also differs in that it features a very broad madder mihrab, surmounted by a yellow prayer arch with a plain green polygon beneath it. Aesthetically, our example - with its pure, bright colours and wonderful use of space-should be considered to be a 'best of type' within this small, elite group.

Lit: Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer Rugs as plate 13