ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART II
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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12. 
sevan kazak
southwest caucasus
circa 1880
247 x 187 cm (8'1" x 6'2")


Notes: symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
The large shield medallion dominating the field of this piece defines the rare Sevan type, name after the lake located in present-day Armenia. The wide dimensions of this rug allow for a more spacious yet incisive design. The outstanding condition of this piece allows us to fully appreciate its rich and varied use of colour, as well as the wonderfully lustrous pile - both qualities being exemplary of the best nineteenth-century Caucasian weavings.
Bibliography: I. Bennett, Oriental Rugs Vol. 1: Caucasian (London, 1981), plate 18: 38.

 



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