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Early Shirvan prayer rug, Southern Shirvan Region, Azerbaijan. 96 x 135 cm, 3'2" x 4'5". first half 19th century, published Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer Rugs, plate 82
By all criteria, this is a 'classic' Shirvan prayer rug. In spite of its
condition it has all the qualities of the best pieces: precise
draughtsmanship; high-quality, finely spun wool; saturated colours, and an
overall dignity of design and execution. The polychrome 'eagle's beak'
border contrasts beautifully with the ivory field, which contains a great
variety of naturalistic flowers. The prayer arch, which is very fine and
carefully rendered, picks up the 'crosses and sevens' pattern of the guard
borders but is on a green ground. This subtle use of green draws additional
attention to the prayer arch.