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Antique Shirvan rug, Southern Shirvan Region, Salyan (Saliani) District, Azerbaijan. mid 19th century.

Lot: 159
Moghan Five red octagons with a cruciform interior drawing, interspersed with blue palmettes, lie along the central axis of the midnight blue field. Lattice-like twigs decorated with white cruciform flowers and filler motifs, including animals, cover the free spaces next to the primary designs. The white border contains a double vine of geometric, stylised, multi-coloured birds. The design of this Caucasian carpet from the Moghan border region derives from Azerbaijani garden carpets woven in workshops in North West Iran and the southern Caucasus in the 17th and 18th centuries. Here, it has been rendered in a simplified form, showing a greater degree of abstraction a rural version, as it were, with distinctive stylistic transformations. Obvious signs of age and wear, low or missing pile, creases and tears. Damaged sides and ends.

Origin: South East Caucasus
Dimensions: 277 x 131 cm
Age: Mid 19th century
Sold: 2,562.00 €
Literature: GROTE-HASENBALG, WERNER, Der Orientteppich. Seine Geschichte und seine Kultur. Berlin 1922. Vol. II, pl. 38 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1976, p. 127 *** LEFEVRE London, auction of 21/10/1983, # 3 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 2. Munich 1990, no. 25 *** RIPPON BOSWELL Wiesbaden, auction 24. May 1997, # 153 *** BESIM, ADIL (publ.), Mythos und Mystik. Alte und antike Textilkunst. Vienna 1998, no. 23

Major Autumn Auction
Auction date: Saturday 04. December 2010 at 15 o'clock
Rippon Boswell & Co.
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Carpets & Textiles