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Antique Shirvan Marasali prayer rug, Azerbaijan.

Major Spring Auction
Auction date: Saturday 23. May 2009 at 03 PM
Rippon Boswell & Co. International Auctioneers of Rare Carpets & Textiles

Lot: 129
Marasali Prayer Rug Attributed to the Marasali group, this prayer rug from the Shirvan region has a brilliant golden-yellow field and a diamond lattice design in which angular botehs form colour diagonals in relation to the central axis. Published comparative pieces, of which the example in the Straka Collection of the Washington Textile Museum is probably the best known, are often identical as twins. Completely preserved with original finishes all around. Several horizontal creases, slight signs of wear in the pile, sides in need of restoration.

Origin: East Caucasus
Size: 152 x 128 cm
Age: Second half 19th century
Estimate: 4.700,00
Literature: STRAKA, JEROME A. (ed.), The Oriental Rug Collection of Jerome and Mary Jane Straka. (Exhibition catalogue Textile Museum) Washington, D.C. 1978, no. 103 *** BENARDOUT, RAYMOND, Woven Stars. Rugs And Textiles From Southern California Collections. Los Angeles 1996, no. 11