ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART III
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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11. 
Zeikhur Rug
Northeast Caucasus
Kuba area
Circa 1860
169 x 120 cm (5’7” x 3’11”)


Notes: Symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
Distinguished by a rare emerald green background, this fine Zeikhur rug is decorated by an allover repeat pattern of roses and carnations, and is one of the typologies that appear to be influenced by European designs. This version is specific to the Kuba area and it is sometimes seen on the field or borders of certain early flatwoven sumakh carpets (see Lefevre & Partners, Caucasian Carpets, (London 1977), cat. 59: 81). The exquisite tactile quality of this rug renders it a jewel of rare beauty and one of the most refined expressions of Caucasian weaving.
Bibliography: R. Tschebull, ‘Zeikhur’, Hali, vol. 14, no. 2 (London 1992): 84-95.

 



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