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OTHER STAR KAZAK RUGS SOLD AT SOTHEBY'S & CHRISTIE'S

 
Sotheby's Sale: L09325 | Location: London
Auction Dates: Session 1: Wed, 21 Apr 99 2:00 PM

LOT 82 (of 124)
A 'star' Kazak rug

25,00030,000 GBP
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 26,450 GBP

DESCRIPTION
A 'star' Kazak rug
West Caucasus
late 19th century
264 by 134cm. 8ft. 8in. by 4ft. 5in.
Star Kazaks have long been considered amongst the grandest and most covetable of all Caucasian weavings.
The group is defined by a particular vocabulary of boldly drawn octagons and stars on an ivory ground. Variation in the placement of design elements allows the group to be sub-divided into four types A B C & D. See Hali Vol.3 No.1 pp.17-26 for a full explanation of the criteria. The present example suggests a group B attribution though some C group elements are also present.
The yellow squares positioned in the centre of of the red octagons which enclose rows of small polychrome lozenges appear unique to any sub-division. Usually a star motif adorns this square. The duplex ornaments supporting the stars and octagons are also unusual in this instance. They are normally seen as hexagonal forms interlocking further stars and octagons. Here they are drawn as rectangles framing the single row of octagons and stars. This creates a visually powerful image with attention firmly focused on the primary elements of design though suggesting on all sides an infinitely repeating pattern.
 
Sotheby's Sale: NY7117 | Location: New York
Auction Dates: Session 1: Wed, 15 Apr 98 10:15 AM

LOT 96 (of 239)

A Star Kazak rug, Southwest Caucasus

30,00040,000 USD
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 23,000 USD

DESCRIPTION
A Star Kazak rug, Southwest Caucasus
third quarter 19th century
oxidized browns, scattered rewoven and repiled areas, missing end guard stripes, reselvaged, approximately 7 ft. 8 in. by 5 ft. (2.34 by 1.52m.) Warp: wool, Z2S, natural ivory Weft: wool, Z, 3 shoots, rose Pile: wool, symmetric knot Density: 8H, 8V Sides: 2 cords of three warps wrapped in polychrome wool (not entirely original) Ends: warp fringe Colors: madder red, salmon, deep blue, medium blue, blue-green, aubergine, ivory, walnut Please refer to "Star Kazaks," Hali, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 17-26, for a thorough discussion of this revered group of weavings, and see fig. 8 for an example closely related to the present lot.
 
A star Kazak rug

Price Realized f.6,436 ($3,429)

Sale Information
Christie's Sale 2428
Furniture, Clocks, Carpets, Sculpture and Works of Art
28 September 1999
Amsterdam

Lot 18
A star Kazak rug
The ivory field with bold hooked panels around linked star shaped medallions containing similar motifs, stylised animals at each end in checquered triangle border in barber-pole stripes
214cm. x 140cm.
 
A STAR KAZAK RUG
SOUTHWEST CAUCASUS, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

Price Realized $21,850

Sale Information
Christie's Sale 8858
FINE EUROPEAN AND ORIENTAL CARPETS
2 April 1998
New York, Park Avenue

Lot Description
Lot 6 - A STAR KAZAK RUG
Southwest Caucasus, Third 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. 4in. x 5ft. 6in. (224cm. x 168cm.)
 
A WHITE GROUND 'STAR' KAZAK RUG
SOUTH CAUCASUS, CIRCA 1870

Price Realized 20,700 ($34,420)

Sale Information
Christie's Sale 6199
Carpets
14 October 1999
London, King Street

Lot Notes: Lot no: 200, THE DESIGN OF THE STAR KAZAK IS ONE OF THE OLDEST AMONG THE CAUCASIAN 19TH CENTURY DESIGNS. ITS ROOTS CLEARLY GO BACK INTO THE 18TH CENTURY; A RUG SOLD IN THESE ROOMS FOR EXAMPLE HAD A VERY SIMILAR DESIGN BUT ON A YELLOW GROUND AND WITH A STRUCTURE MORE AKIN TO THE 18TH CENTURY KARABAGH RUGS (17 OCTOBER 1996, LOT 402). IT AND ANOTHER RELATED RUG EXHIBITED IN JERUSALEM (HASSON, RACHEL: CAUCASIAN RUGS, EXHIBITION CATALOGUE, L A MAYER MEMORIAL MUSEUM, JERUSALEM, 1986, NO.38, PP.96-7) HAVE PRECISELY THE SAME ARRANGEMENT OF MOTIFS AS THOSE SEEN HERE, BUT EACH ELEMENT IS OF A MORE FLORAL DESIGN SUCH THAT ONE CAN SEE HOW THE PATTERN CAME ABOUT. IT IS PRECISELY THIS ARCHAIC FEEL AND STRENGTH THAT MAKES STAR KAZAK RUGS SO APPEALING.

IN 1980 ROBERT PINNER AND MICHAEL FRANSES DIVIDED THE THEN KNOWN STAR KAZAKS INTO FOUR GROUPS LABELLING THEM A, B, C, AND D ("STAR-KAZAKS", HALI VOL.3, NO.1, PP.17-26). THE PROBLEM WITH ESTABLISHING A TYPOLOGY FOR ANY SERIES OF INDIVIDUAL WORKS OF ART IS THAT ONE WILL INEVITABLY THEN EITHER ADMIT TO HAVING PIECES WHICH DO NOT FIT NEATLY INTO THE GROUPS, OR CRAM THEM INTO ONE OF THE GROUPS WHEN THERE ARE MANY FEATURES WHICH BELONG IN ANOTHER. WHILE GROUP A STANDS OUT FAIRLY DISTINCTLY FROM THE OTHERS, THE OTHER THREE, AND PARTICULARLY GROUPS B AND C, HAVE A NUMBER OF VERY SIMILAR FEATURES. THE PRESENT RUG IS AN EXAMPLE, HAVING THE ANIMALS NORMALLY ONLY ASSOCIATED WITH TYPE A, THE NARROW BORDER OF TYPE B BUT OF A DESIGN NORMALLY FOUND IN TYPE C MINOR BORDERS. THAT THIS IS THE ORIGINAL EXTENT OF THE BORDER CAN EASILY BE SEEN SINCE THE WEFTS RUN AROUND THE OUTERMOST CORD AND THEN RETURN ALONG ANOTHER ROW.