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7. 
Alg 1052
Yellow ground Kazak rug
Southwest Caucasus
circa 1880
193 x 122 cm (64 x 4)


Notes: symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
Although many Caucasian rugs possess distinguishing features which make it belong to a specific group of weavings, others lack such features and cannot be accurately ascribed to a type or area. As with this yellow ground Kazak rug, embellished by parallel rows of Memling guls by stacked polychrome branches of animal heads, as if guarding the central composition. Rugs of this type have sometimes been ascribed to the Kurdish enclaves of southern Caucasus, although there is no direct evidence for such an attribution.

 



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