The date appears to read 1812 AD in the Christian calendar and is indecipherable in Armenian beneath, we would consider this date to be quite early.
The overall design of the present rug, with its widely spaced rows of lozenge medallions alternating with rows of smaller octagonal medallions, is unusual in the design repertoire of Bordjalou rugs but is part of a small group considered to have been woven by Christian Armenians who had settled in the region. A rug of similar design but significantly more ordered in its layout, and which has the appearance of a honeycomb, was sold in Rippon Boswell, 6 May 1989, lot 118 and was later offered in these Rooms, 16 October 2003, lot 248. A further very beautiful example with the same arrangement and considered to have been woven at the beginning of the 19th century is published by Ulrich Schürmann, Caucasian Rugs, London and Braunschweig, 1974, no.10, pp.74-75. All three rugs share a richness of colour and are similarly framed by a bold reciprocal brown and ivory stepped triangle motif border.