Warp: goathair, charcoal, natural, Z2S
Weft: wool, light grey, natural, Z2S, two shoots alternating equally wavy
Pile: wool, Z2 asymmedtric knots to right, 0-20 degrees alternate warp depression, H6xV8, knot halves strongly displaced
Sides: two bundles of two body warps, wrapped in black goat hair
Ends: both rewoven
Colours:cream, light wine, black surmeh, medium blue, salmon, pale yellow, brownish dusty rose
This rug belongs to an extemely rare group of Ersari prayer rugs related by their ivory grounds with curling-stem leaf trellises and mihrabs terminating in stylised horn scrolls. At present, there appear to be only three other known similar examples: the S.M. Dudin Collection piece in the Museum of Ethnography, Leningrad (see Tzareva, Elena.:Rugs and Carpets from Central Asia, Leningrad, 1984, p.147, pl.98), the Carolwitz rug (see Herrmann, Eberhart.: Asiatische Teppich-und Textilkunst, Band 3, Munich, 1991 and a non-arched example offered by Phillips, London 16 June, 1992.