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    Sale 7616

    Oriental Rugs and Carpets

    10 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 109

    A 'PINWHEEL' KAZAK RUG

    SOUTH CAUCASUS, CIRCA 1880

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A 'PINWHEEL' KAZAK RUG
    SOUTH CAUCASUS, CIRCA 1880
    Areas of restoration, corroded black, sides and ends original
    6ft.9in. x 6ft.3in. (206cm. x 191cm.)


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    The 'pinwheel' Kazak has for a long time been one of the most collectable of all Caucasian nineteenth century rugs. Within the group there are remarkably few variations. The present border is found on all but a couple of examples which use a Bordjalu design. In the main field there is only one published example of nineteenth century date which has any variation on the rosette design, and that is an example with a very provincial drawing style in a number of details (Antique Oriental Carpets from Austrian Collections, Vienna 1986, no.41).
    A brief discussion of this group can be found by Hans Otto Gsell ("Some thoughts on the swastika Kazak", Hali, vol.3, no.3, 1981, pp.292 sqq.). The earliest dated example bears the figure AH 1222/1807-8 AD, but there is some doubt as to whether this is correct (Rippon Boswell, Wiesbaden, 10 November 1984); a date in the second half of the 19th century seems more probable for the majority of examples. Another of the group was published by Eberhart Herrmann, Asiatische Teppiche und Tektilkunst 3, Munchen 1991, nr.17 and a further example sold more recently at Rippon Boswell, Wiesbaden, 24 May 2008, lot 126.

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