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Antique Azerbaijan rug with three large dark blue diamond medallions, NW Iran.

Major Autumn Auction
Auction date: Saturday 05. December 2009
Rippon Boswell & Co. International Auctioneers of Rare Carpets & Textiles

Lot: 73
North West Persian Kelleh: Along the central axis of the white field, three huge, dark blue diamond medallions are embedded in a generously proportioned lattice of serrated green leaves and multi-coloured palmettes, executed in wonderful, brilliant colours. This field design obviously goes back to Indian models (see fragment of a velvet fabric in Herrmann and a velvet in the Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon). The characteristic border shows that the carpet belongs to a specific group from Persian Azerbaijan, always very long. It is probably the oldest piece in the group. Strong signs of age and wear, repairs, low pile. Sides newly overcast, both ends repiled.
Origin: North West Persia, Azerbaijan
Size: 689 x 317 cm
Age: 18th century
Estimate: 38.000,00
Literature: HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 2. Munich 1990, no. 76 (Indian velvet) *** FUNDACAO CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN (publ.), Persian Art. Calouste Gulbenkian Collection. Lisbon 1972 (new edition 1985), no. 24 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 4. Munich 1992, no. 64 (a kelleh with the same border)