A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

rug with memling gul design
southwest caucasus
circa 1830
218 x 150 cm (72 x 41)

Notes: symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
This Kazak rug is a rare and early example decorated by three parallel rows of 'Memling' guls alternating with a column of multicoloured lozenges with animal-head motifs. The border is composed of small rectangular devices enclosed by stylised 'brackets', a highly unusual feature known to occur on only three other examples: 1. A rug with two rows of 'Memling guls', conserved in the Victoria & Albert Museum, which entered the collection in 1880 (see R. Pinner, M. Franses, 'The Caucasian Collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum', Hali, vol. 3, no. 2, London 1980, plate 6, p. 99) 2. A rug with two rows of 'Memling' guls (see Rippon Boswell & Co., auction catalogue, May 15 1993, lot 155) 3. A rug with three rows of 'Memling' guls, presently in the collection of Dr And Mrs William T. Price (see Amarillo Art Center, Divine Images and Magic Carpets, Amarillo TX, 1987, plate 22, p. 32). In this example, the freehand open rendition of the design allows us to place it at the beginning of the genealogy for this type. The rug is abundant with rare, clear shades of aqua green, emerald green, cobalt blue and a pleasing apricot tone. This jewel-like palette is another indication of its early age.



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