• Oriental Rugs and Carpets auction at Christies

    Sale 11939

    Oriental Rugs and Carpets

    18 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 8

    A SOUTH CAUCASIAN CARPET

    MID 19TH CENTURY

    Estimate

    A SOUTH CAUCASIAN CARPET
    MID 19TH CENTURY
    Even light wear, scattered spots of repiling, ends rewoven, overall good condition
    10ft.10in. x 5ft.6in. (328cm. x 167cm.)


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    When studying the design of ascending columns of stylised blossoms on the present carpet it is easy to draw similarities with the earlier Caucasian 'Blossom' carpets produced from the late 16th century through to the 18th century. That group of carpets, formerly thought to have been made in Kuba in the north eastern Caucasus, are now believed to have been produced in Karabagh, on the Persian border. The group as a whole 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 Michael Franses and E.H.Kirchheim (ed.) Orient Stars, Stuttgart, London, 1993, pp.101-114; SerareYetkin, Volume II, Early Caucasian Carpets in Turkey, London, 1978, pp.41-43, and Charles Grant Ellis, Early Caucasian Rugs, Washington D.C., 1976, pp.10-11. The fan-shaped blossoms of our rug alternate with rows of knotted medallions that, through the use of colour, create a whirling rotational motion. One can see how this design might lend itself well to a flatwoven technique which is the case in a 19th century Daghestan soumac in a private collection, Paris, where the similarly shaded blue ground is arranged with four columns of ascending serrated palmettes (Le tapis d'Orient dans les collection francaises, Un numero special de Hali, supplement, fig.6, p.282).

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