ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART III
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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8. 
Ukrainian Khila Carpet
Northeast Caucasus
Baku area
Circa 1830
330 x 201 cm (1010 x 67)


Notes: Symmetrically knotted wool pile on wool warps and cotton wefts
This elegant floral carpet belongs to a rare subgroup of early rugs from the Baku area called Ukranian Khila, ornated by motifs inspired by Bessarabian and Ukrainian flatweaves and commissioned by the Russian aristocracy to decorate their palaces in Western styles, which was particularly fashionable in the early part of the nineteenth century. Today these rugs are well appreciated for their noble yet understated qualities, so subtlely permeated with an old world feeling, and are representative of an early group of east Caucasian rugs that is rapidly disappearring.

 



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