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Antique Shirvan Tachte / Saph (Saf) 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: 86
Shirvan: Woven in the East Caucasus, this rare pictorial rug is comparable to a piece published by Wright and a further example sold by us in 1992. Here, an azure rectangle and two shapes of architectural appearance, interpreted as the 'throne of Solomon' (Wright), are seen on a golden yellow ground. A snake curls around each trunk of the two large trees placed at the sides of the field, their tops growing together at the upper end. The red inner border is decorated with scorpions. The carpet obviously depicts Old Testament stories and may be a representation of the Garden of Paradise. To date, the mysterious iconography has not been researched. Uniformly low pile, several repiled areas, a tear in the border area, new overcasting along the sides.
Origin: East Caucasus
Dimensions: 168 x 151 cm
Age: Late 19th century
Estimate: 9,900.00
Literature: WRIGHT, RICHARD E., Rugs and Flatweaves of the Transcaucasus. Pittsburgh 1980, pl. 38 *** RIPPON BOSWELL Wiesbaden, auction of the Viola Dominguez Collection, 28th March 1992, # 72