Christie's antique Star Kazak
Shikli rug, 3rd quarter 19th century, possibly Shikhli village, Kazak
Region, Western Azerbaijan. so called "D" type
Christie's Fine European and Oriental Carpets,
New York, Tuesday, December 17th, 1996 at 10 AM.
Lot 7 - A Star Kazak Rug, Southwest Caucasus, 3rd quarter 19th Century
The cream field with a traditional polychrome Star Kazak design within a
maize hooked lozenge border in crimson, teal, and indigo.
Approximately 7ft. 4 in. x 5 ft. 6 in.
Warp: wool, light beige-tan, natural 1 strand plied with wool, medium brown,
natural, 1 strand, Z2S overall.
Weft: a. wool, dyed light red brown, Z2s, 2 - 5 shoots alternating equally
wavy; or b. wool, dyed blue, natural, Z2S, as a.: a few partial yellow
Pile: wool, Z2, symmetric knots, no warp depression, H 6-7 x V5
Sides: 2 bundles of 2 body warps banded in blue and red Z2 wool, or all
Ends: top, 3/8 in. weft faced Z2 wool blue plainweave; bottom, not original.
Colors: canary, ivory, dark blue, aubergine, rust, medium blue, medium
Star Kazaks have long been among the most coveted of all Caucasian rugs to
modern day collectors. Their desirability, most likely caused by their
powerful design and their bold, varied palette is heightened by their
rarity. The present rug can be classified s Star Kazak type D as discussed
by Hali Vol. 3, No 1 in 1980 (see Star Kazak Hali, Vol.3. No. I. 1980, pp.
17-26). This group shares many common elements, the first being the
dimensions of the rug of length; width as 1:2. Other similar details are the
interior hooked motif in the red star octagon, the internal brackets of the
central star. the aubergine arrows and the reciprocal triangle minor border
in red and blue. The main border of hooked lozenge containing four "C"
shapes is also the same on all the rugs of this group and is an aberration
of the crab device border.
The present example closely resembles
a Star Kazak from the James F. Ballard
Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Dimand and Mailey, Oriental
Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1973. fig. 240). The only
difference between this piece and the Ballard rug are the minor secondary
elements such as the diamonds on the field and in the interior of the arrows
seen here in our example. Another close example from the same group is in
the possession of Peter Bausback (Hali. Vol. I. No. 4, 1979, page 60). They
share in common the vertical rows of enclosed star motifs down the sides of
the field, as well as the small diamonds which fill the field, as well as
the small diamonds which fill the field and hooked devices.
Estimates: $30,000 - 40,000