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    Sale 7572

    Oriental Rugs and Carpets

    10 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 20

    A KARABAGH BLOSSOM CARPET

    SOUTH CAUCASUS, 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    A KARABAGH BLOSSOM CARPET
    SOUTH CAUCASUS, 18TH CENTURY
    Uneven overall wear, corroded brown, areas of repiling, much of border rewoven
    9ft.4in. x 5ft.1in. (283cm. x 155cm.)


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    Produced from as early as the late 16th century through to the 18th century, a group of carpets to which the present example belongs, united by structure and power of drawing, are believed to have been woven in Karabagh, on the Persian border. For a discussion on the origin of this group see C. G. Ellis, Early Caucasian Rugs, Washington D.C., 1976, pp.10-11. The whole group has always been subdivided into a number of known design types some of which contain a variety of details which are inter-related but nevertheless differ considerably in detail. For a detailed summary of the various design types see E. H. Kirchheim et al., Orient Stars, Stuttgart and London, 1993, pp.101-114 and S. Yetkin, Early Caucasian Carpets in Turkey, London, 1978, vol.II, pp.41-43.

    The carpet offered here depicts the Sunburst Blossom or so-called Transitional design. The red ground of this example is drawn on a vertical axis with the central sunburst medallion enclosed within large bold cusped leaves and flanked at each end by stylised hooked palmettes. Rather than beginning to form a further octagon to enclose these palmettes and to suggest a repetitive design, the serrated leaves at either end have been drawn on the vertical axis which flank the palmettes using their hooked ends to form a frame which better suits a smaller rug format and anticipates the design of classic 19th century Kazak rugs.

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