ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART III
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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10. 
Zejwa Rug
Northeast Caucasus
Kuba area
Circa 1850
132 x 101 cm (44 x 34)


Notes: Symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
The characteristic sunburst motif of this rare single medallion Zejwa rug is flanked by a pair of large cartouches containing hooked elements, and framed by an unusual cloudband-type border. The careful rendition of the design clearly indicates its derivation from seventeenth century Caucasian silk embroideries. The primitive feeling of the rug together with the refined choice of palette clearly separates this piece from the plethora of east Caucasian sunburst design weavings of the latter part of the nineteenth century.

 



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