A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

shirvan rug
shemakha district
northeast caucasus
circa 1880
230 x 130 cm (77 x 43)

Notes: symmetrically knotted wool pile on wool warps and cotton wefts
The highly geometric split-leaf arabesque forms that decorate the field of this rug appear on the brocaded covers and bags of the Shemakha district in northeast Caucasus, sometimes in conjunction with the octagonal medallion that we see here at the centre, which is also typical of the Akstafa typology of Shirvan rugs (see for example A.N. Landreau, W.R. Pickering, From the Bosphorus to Samarkand Flat-Woven Rugs, Washington 1969, plate 20, pg. 36). The spaciously drawn, multi-coloured Kufic border framing the composition is characteristic of the finest east Caucasian weavings (see E. Herrmann, Kaukasische Teppichkunst Im 19. Jahrhundert, Munich 1993, plate 32, pg. 48 for a sumakh woven horse cover from the Shemakha district, dated 1876/77, with an identical Kufic border).



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