The few rugs that encompass this rare group of Kazaks all feature Memling guls flanking a Fachralo-style medallion. They all employ rich, saturated colors such as the aubergine, peacock green and canary yellow of the present lot. However, the major border differs from most other known examples. Rather than displaying a crab or S-hook device motif, this border maintains a part panel format enclosing a beetle or shield-type device. For further examples from this group of Kazak rugs, please see:
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's New York, 1 October 1998, lot 177
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's New York, 22 September 1993, lot 87
Anonymous sale; Christie's London, 29 April 1993, lot 357
E. Herrmann, Seltene Orientteppiche IV, Munich, 1982, p. 152, no. 46.
I. Bennett, Oriental Rugs: Volume 1, Caucasian. London, 1981, p. 79, no. 66.