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Antique Shirvan long rug, Azerbaijan.

Christie's (London)
Rugs and Carpets -- Battilossi Tappeti d'Antiquariato
Wednesday, 11 February, 1998

Lot 42

The indigo field scattered with small floral motifs around fifteen rows of six serrated boteh, each containing a differently coloured arrangement of lozenges, in a maple arrowhead reciprocal indigo and ivory border between golden yellow and light blue hooked S-motif and minor barber-pole stripes, a short kilim strip at each end, very slight wear, corroded black, minimal repairs to edges 11ft.6in. x3ft.8in. (350cm. x 112cm.)
LITERATURE: HALl 55, February 1991, p .70.

While a number of small rugs with this field design are known (for a discussion of the early examples of these see the note to lot 43, a prayer rug sold in these Rooms, 16 October 1997), no other example appears to have been published of this format. It retains the variety of colouring and filling drawing normally associated with the best and earliest examples of the smaller group. The border is one more frequently encountered with other field designs (see lot 107 in this sale).

Est.: Ј12,000-18,000, US$20,000-30,000

Sold for Ј16,100