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Antique Shirvan Prayer rug, Shirvan Region, Azerbaijan. c 1865, 3'9"x5"4", 114 x 163 cm. published Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer rugs

The ivory field of this example is beautifully framed by an unusual deep yellow and red border of highly stylized dragon 's' forms. This piece shows how effective the simplest designs - here an all-over repeat of latchhooked diamonds - can be, when thoughtfully executed. The spacing of the quartered diamonds with their masterful juxtaposition of colours, and the contrast between field and border colours, all contribute to this rug's special appeal. The edges of the field are scattered with small S forms, combs, ewers and crosses. Various inscribed Islamic dates flank the deep blue prayer arch: these read 1252,1302,1320 and 1220 (AD 1836).