260 x 108 cm (8’6” x 3’7”)
|| Symmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
|| Open field Talish rugs are one of the most highly prized Caucasian typologies. This rare red ground example is distinguished by the inclusion of anthropomorphic figures that interrupt the emptiness and sparse rosette and concentric square devices. The fluidity of the composition together with the fineness of weaving and the abundant presence of a characteristic apricot colour allow us to date this rug to the first half of the nineteenth century, that is to a period anteceding the mass marketing of Caucasian rugs in the West.
|| J.D. Burns, The Caucasus – Traditions in Weaving, (Seattle 1987): p. 35.
M.E. Eiland, Oriental Carpets from Pacific Collections, (San Francisco 1990) plates 213-214b: 206-207.