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Early Shirvan Kabistan prayer rug, Southern Shirvan Region, Azerbaijan. 1800-1826. 86 x 112 cm. dated 1232 or 1242 (1817 or 1826).
With its naturalistic flower design, and lack of a geometric lattice
framework, it is quite probable that this piece represents a very early
style of Caucasian prayer rug. Very few rugs of this design now exist. The
rug is extremely finely woven, with 525 knots per square inch, and uses silk
wefting. It is published as plate 8 in The Caucasus: Traditions in Weaving
by James Burns, the owner of the rug, where he calls it 'the most finely
knotted Caucasian weaving I have examined'. Indeed, it is almost twice as
fine as the 'Straka' Marasali (plate 91), which has 287 knots per square
Offered by Lefevre in its prerestored condition (cut and reduced in length and width with the remaining sections together), it was assigned to Daghestan, dated AH 1232 (1817) and sold for little money in 1979 (Lefevre, 10 May 1979, lot 30); after which it was restored. It was then purchased by a leading London dealer who made the decision to remove the restored portions and mount the rug as we now see it. Although the restoration was excellent, it could not compare with the original portions of the piece.
published Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer rug, plate 93