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Antique Shirvan Prayer rug, Shirvan Region, Azerbaijan. 2nd half 19th century. 96 x 132 cm, 3'2" x 4'4".
published Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer rugs
Caucasian weavers were able to take the simplest elements, such as adjacent
stripes, and turn them into a variety of interesting and intricate designs.
Striped rugs were woven mostly in Shirvan, Daghestan, Kuba, Genje and
Karabagh. Sometimes only a small number of colours were employed, as in the
red, white and blue diagonals of this piece; at other times an extensive
palette would be used vertical stripes were rarely used in Shirvan weavings,
being more typical of Karabagh and Daghestan.