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1252 AH (1836/37 AD) dated Kuba Dragon flatweave rug, Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

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

Lot 50

The shaded brick-red field-red field with a clearly drawn version of the dragon design comprising linked diagonal serrated ivory, sea-green and mid-blue arms enclosing palmette panels and surrounded by and enclosing a variety of floral motifs, stylised animals, birds, geometric motifs and six date panels, in a sandy yellow border of polychrome stepped and crenellated octagons between charcoal-black rosette stripes, outer running dog stripe, braided ends, black severely corroded, some repairs in field.
9ft.2in.x6ft.1in. (279crn.x185cm.)
LITERATURE: HALI 56, April, 1991, inside front cover.

For a discussion of the entire group of Caucasian dragon soumac carpets see Gough, Sean, 'Dragon Soumakhs', in HALI, Vol.6, no.3, 1984, pp. 246-53. This article illustrates an example in the Wher Collection which is very similar indeed to the present example. Not only are the main motifs of very similar arrangement, but the border and many of the minor field motifs also match. The Wher Collection example is also published by Yetkin (Serare: Early Caucasian Carpets in Turkey, London, 1978, Vol.II, pl. 159, p .39). It appears to be the earliest dated example at AH 1222 (1806-7 AD), although there are a few pieces of more archaic design which may well be earlier still, such as one sold in these Rooms, 12 0ctober 1989, 1ot 107. A third example which is also very closely related to the present soumac is in the Textile Museum, Washington (Ellis, Charles Grant: Early Caucasian Rugs, Textile Museum, Washington D.C., 1975, p. 17).

Est.: Ј20,000-25,000, US$33,000-41,000