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Antique Azerbaijan rug with the Isphahan-inspired field design, NW Iran.

New York | 03 Jun 2005, 10:15 AM | N08103
LOT 49
18th century

ESTIMATE 20,000-30,000 USD
Lot Sold: 27,000 USD

Sotheby's London, 28 April 1993, lot 66.

Since this unusual rug was purchased, the most related example to have appeared on the market is a gallery carpet
from the Rossi collection (Sotheby's London, 10-12 March 1999, lot 1540) which had a similar structure, coloring and
Isphahan-inspired field design. The field pattern of the present lot is more closely linked to the 'in-and-out' palmette,
vinery and cloudband rugs of Isphahan, for one example, Sotheby's New York, April 10, 1997, lot 114. The Rossi
carpet had a directional pattern of rows of palmettes and cloudbands, elements found in Isphahan rugs, however
compositionally arranged in the manner of Northwest Persian or Karabagh carpets such as pl. 78, Kirchheim, H. et al
., Orient Stars, London 1993, pp. 144-5. The borders of both of these carpets, while different themselves, have
Turkish characteristics, with the motifs of this rug recalling those in the field of so-called 'bird' Oushak rugs. Here,
however, the border is also a version of that on other South Caucasian carpets, such as one in the Textile Museum,
see Ellis, Charles Grant, Early Caucasian Rugs, Washington, D.C. 1975, pl. 9. The reciprocal trefoil guard borders on
the present rug appear as a primary border in carpets such as the Caucasian blossom carpet in the Textile Museum,
see Ellis, op.cit., pl. 24 and a Sa'uj Bulagh carpet, see Burns, James, Antique Rugs of Kurdistan, Seattle, 2002, pl. 43.