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Antique Shirvan "Akstafa" bird rug, Southern Shirvan Region, Salyan (Saliani) District, Azerbaijan, last quarter 19th century.

An antique Akstafa long rug

Sale Information
Christie's Sale 9431
10 July 2002
London, South Kensington

Lot Description
37-An antique Akstafa long rug
the abrashed indigo field with four sea-blue, ivory and rust shaped medallions, each containing central angular cruciform motif and hooked lozenges flanked by stylised large birds, checkered octagons and hooked bars, in an ivory border of of polychrome hooked panels and animals between reciprocal skittle-pattern and barber-pole stripes, slight localized wear, re-wool cord at each side --256cm. x 109cm.(8ft.5in. x 3ft.7in.)