A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles


kuba area
northeast caucasus
circa 1830
cm 94 x 147 (3'1" x 4'10")

Notes: symmetrical knot on a wool foundation
Among the rarest types of east Caucasian rugs are certainly the Karagashlis, which are characterised by a particularly fine weave, silky wool, luminous colours and by an ever-present border system. The directional pattern is composed of an infinite repeat of small shield palmettes on a rare golden-yellow ground. The zoomorphic origin of this motif is fairly understood. It can be connected to that on eighteenth century Caucasian shield carpets, which in turn refer to the pre-islamic motif of the tree flanked by a pair of birds. The outstanding palette and the strong archaic feeling of the design allows us to date it to the first half of the nineteenth century, that is to a period anteceding the marketing of Caucasian rugs in the West.
Provenance: Lefevre & Partners, London; M.L. Waroujian, London; Private Collection, California.



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