ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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a carpet with directional motifs
kuba area
northeast caucasus
circa 1800
cm 168 x 320 (5'6" x 10'6")


Notes: symmetrical knot on a wool foundation
A very rare rug decorated by parallel rows of shield-like elements alternated by offset rows of eight-petaled rosettes similar to those framing the rugs from the Talish area. This directional motif derives from the so-called "shield" carpets of the 17th and 18th century, while the stylised vinery border is found on certain examples of the "dragon" typology. The brilliant use of colour deserves special mention, highlighted by the abundant presence of aubergine, a colour often associated with the earliest Caucasian rugs.
Bibliography: R.Pinner, M.Franses, "Caucasian Shield Carpets", Hali, vol. 1, n

 



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