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Kuba or Shirvan rug, 18th century (Khanate Period), Azerbaijan.

Price Realized Ј6,600 ($13,108)

Sale Information
Christies Sale 7390
oriental rugs and carpets
16 April 2007
London, King Street

Lot Description
Areas of repair, wear, re-weaves and tinting, backed
9ft.5in. x 4ft.8in. (286cm. x 142cm.)

American Art Association, New York, 1914, lot 239
Old Deerfield, Massachussets, sold Skinner, Bolton, 14 February 1992, lot 103
Anon sale in these Rooms, 17 October 1996, lot 477.

Franses, M. and Pinner, R.: "Caucasian Shield Carpets", Hali vol.1, no 1., Spring 1978. pl.17, p.13.

Lot Notes
This carpet is one of a small but well-defined group which was extensively discussed in the first issue of Hali (Pinner, R. and Franses, M.: op. cit., pp.4-22). The present rug is typical of the group of which most examples have either four or three columns of shield motifs. Within the examples with three columns a number share with the present rug a colouring which focuses the eye on the central motif. The closest similarity however is shown by an example sold at Sotheby's, London, October, 1985, lot 646. Both these rugs have not only exactly the same arrangements of motifs, but also identical major and minor borders.