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Antique Shirvan Marasali prayer rug, Azerbaijan.

Major Autumn Auction

Auction date: Saturday 04. December 2010 at 15 o'clock

Rippon Boswell & Co.
International Auctioneers of Rare Carpets & Textiles

Lot: 232
Marasali Prayer Rug: This prayer rug from the Shirvan region, with a brilliant golden-yellow ground and a diamond lattice design in which angular botehs form diamonds arranged in colour diagonals, belongs to the Marasali group. Published comparative pieces, among which the example in the Straka Collection of the Washington Textile Museum is probably the best known, are largely identical. Original selvedges, the upper kilim finish survives, minimally reduced at the bottom. Uniformly low pile, several stains.
Origin: East Caucasus, Shirvan region
Dimensions: 146 x 113 cm
Age: Late 19th century
Estimate: 3,800.00
Literature: STRAKA, JEROME A. (ed.), The Oriental Rug Collection of Jerome and Mary Jane Straka. Washington, D.C. 1978, no. 103 *** BENARDOUT, RAYMOND, Woven Stars. Rugs And Textiles From Southern California Collections. Los Angeles 1996, no. 11