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 A fine Shirvan Kabistan prayer rug / namazlyg, early 19th century, Southern Shirvan Region, Azerbaijan.

Lot 46
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD
LOT SOLD. 11,250 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
approximately 4ft. 3in. by 3ft. 11in. (1.29 by 1.19m.)
early 19th century

Sothbey's New York | 16 December 2009 | N08597


This finely woven, silk foundation rug is one referred to by Ralph Kaffel as belonging "...to a small, elite family of very
finely woven lattice pattern rugs, usually atttributed to Marasali. Rugs in this group feature rows of flowers arranged in
sequence to form a 'V' pattern. The depiction of some of those flowers is usually natrualistic, and red silk is often used
in the pile. Yellow is used in greater proportions than in similar white-ground lattice pieces." See Ralph Kaffel,
Caucasian Prayer Rugs, London, 1998, pl. 94, p. 150. The other known related examples are a piece dated 1230
(1814) formerly in the Yale University Art Gallery, now in the collection of James D. Burns, see Sotheby's New York,
31 May 1986, lot 7 and James D. Burns, The Caucasus: Traditions in Weaving, Seattle, 1987, pl. 7; a wool foundation
piece in Eberhart Herrmann, Seltene Orientteppiche IX, Munich, 1987, pl. 37; and the rug formerly with Vojtech Blau,
sold Sotheby's New York, Carpets from the Estate of Vojtech Blau, 14 December 2006, lot 39.


Note: approximately 210 knots per square inch