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Kuba rug, 17th century, Safavid Period, Azerbaijan.

LOT 51

W - A carpet fragment, East Caucasus/Azerbaijan, 17th century

800—1,200 GBP

119 by 86cm., 3ft. 11in. by 2ft. 10in.

This lot contains 1 item(s).

This fragment from the bottom left hand corner of a large carpet is very similar in design and colouring to a piece in the Musée Jaquemart André, Paris (Institut du Monde Arabe, Tapis Present de l'Orient à l'Occident, Paris, 1989, p. 157), even down to the details of the guard stripes. Both this fragment and the Paris carpet share unusual structural characteristics, with a cotton warp suggesting a Persian origin, but other features, such as the thick compaction wefts visible as transverse lines of wear and the symmetrical knot with strongly depressed alternate warps, typical of Caucasian weaves.

Another very closely related fragment is in the Türk ve Islam Eseleri Müzesi, Istanbul (see Yetkin, Serare, Early Caucasian Carpets in Turkey, Vol. I, London 1978, pl. 99). It is possible that the present fragment is a missing section of this carpet.

Sotheby's Sale: W02872 | Location: London, Olympia
Auction Dates: Session 1: Wed, 16 Oct 02 2:00 PM