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Antique Caucasian Shirvan "Akstafa" prayer rug, Southern Shirvan Region, Azerbaijan. 6'.7"x3'.4" (201x102 cm). H. Manoyan Antique Rugs

The field is centred by a pole medallion of six hooked diamonds and echoed by en suite triangular hooked forms along the inner edge of the border.The field is filled with geometric devices and a four small animals. The niche arch is square as is the prevalent Akstafa practice. The ivory hooked cartouche border is also canonical. The closest published version in Eberhart Herrmann's Seltene Orientteppiche Number 8, page 95, plate 39 lacks the niche arch.