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Antique Shirvan kilim, 19th century, Azerbaijan. Dennis R. Dodds Collection

The fine weave and lustrous wool reflects an earlier generation of these spectacularly conceived and executed flatweaves. Compared to later pieces of this type, this example shows elegant drawing and refined proportions of the individual palmette medallions.

Some notable red ground examples with less refined drawing are published in: Eskenazi, J., op. cit., pl. 12, p.41 and Petsopoulos, Y., KILIM, New York, 1979, p. 245, pl. 288.