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Antique Caucasian Shirvan "Akstafa" prayer rug, Southern Shirvan Region, Salyan (Saliani) District, Azerbaijan.

Lot: 187
Akstafa Prayer Rug  - A design of diagonal stripes decorated with birds, S-shaped abstract dragons and small octagons filled with stars covers the entire field, i.e. it does not end under the prayer arch as seen in other examples. Steep as a tower, the right-angled arch is visually separated from the field by the dark blue area it encloses. A characteristic feature of Akstafa rugs is the large hooked ornaments in their main borders. Reselvedged on both sides, repiled ends, slight signs of age and wear.
Origin: South Caucasus
Size: 195 x 93 cm
Age: Second half 19th century
Estimate: 5700

Major Spring Auction
Auction date: Saturday 23. May 2009 at 03 PM
Rippon Boswell