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


In this 19th century Caucasian weaving, the influence of Azerbaijani (NW IRAN) 'Garden' carpets of the 18th century can be clearly seen. In particular, the 'grid' arrangements of stylised flowerheads flanking the column of medallions is clearly derived from this earlier group, and the colours have much in common with the palette of early Azerbaijan carpets. These elements make it probable that this rug pre-dates the main corpus of Akstafa runners.

Sotheby's Fine Rugs & Carpets including Islamic Textiles

Sale: W02871 | Location: London, Olympia
Auction Dates: Session 1: Tue, 11 Jun 02 2:00 PM

LOT 69 (of 111)
W - An Akstafa long rug, West Caucasus, circa 1850-1875
This lot contains 1 item(s).

3,0004,000 GBP
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 2,702 GBP

measurements: 274 by 116cm., 9ft. by 3ft. 10in.