This long kelleh woven in Shusha, the former capital of the Karabagh region, displays a Mina Khani design of Persian influence in the cochineal-red field. We know from reports in historical sources that they were often woven on commission for Russian military officers or officials and exported to the Czarist Empire. The Russians favoured these designs in their vibrant colour palette, as well as the long but narrow kelleh proportions. A closely related example bearing the same Mina Khani design but on a deep indigo field with a similar but cochineal-red lozenge medallion, sold at Rippon Boswell, Wiesbaden, 30 November, 2013, lot 75. For a fuller discussion on this group and the Mina Khani design see, Hadi Maktabi, (The Persian Carpet, The Forgotten Years, 1722-1872, Verona, 2019, pp.118-143).