19th century Kuba
rug, Southern Hillside Kuba Region, Devechi (Divichi)-Shabran
District, possibly Lajadi or Biliji village, North East
Sotheby's Sale: W02872 | Location: London, Olympia
Auction Dates: Session 1: Wed, 16 Oct 02 2:00 PM
LOT 90 (of 102)
Property of Various Owners
W - A Bidjov rug, East Caucasus, first half 19th century
176 by 121cm., 5ft. 9in. by 4ft.
This lot contains 1 item(s).
This rug is a rare and early example of its type. The Bidjov design, clearly
descended from earlier Caucasian and Persian palmette and curling leaf
carpets, is seen here in a spacious format which is much more reminiscent of
these earlier prototypes than the majority of the rugs of this group. This
rug also has an especially wide range of asymmetrical minor motifs scattered
amongst the broadly symmetrical palmettes and leaves, and the bottle-green
ground colour is an attractive and unusual deviation from the more usual
indigo or blue-black. Of particular rarity, however, is the combination of
the Bidjov design with a border of stylised flowerheads and slanting leaves
more commonly associated with rugs of the Chichi group.
Previously sold at Rippon Boswell, Wiesbaden, Germany, November 1987, lot