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Southeast Caucasian Antique Rug
3' 11" x 6' 6" (119cm x 198cm) 3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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SHIRVAN, Southeast Caucasian
3' 11" x 6' 6"
119cm x 198cm
3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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("New Arrivals Gallery") In a stunning visual orchestration, this quite finely woven Caucasian Shirvan leaves one almost breathless. It offers a seamless combination of a richly saturated rainbow color palette and dexterous striking tribal design. A multitude of stylized flower medallions cascade down the Egyptian blue field, linked by S-shaped glyphs with celestial connotations. At their center, knotted rosettes sprout four-directional branches and budding stalks. When examined more closely, none are quite the same in color or shape, revealing the subtle improvisations of the artist-weaver. Among the many glorious colors is a delightfully dusky shade of Tyrian purple, precious since ancient days, derived from a Mediterranean mollusk notoriously challenging to harvest. The main border is where the weaver allowed themselves to create a further sense of movement through a spontaneous and carefree application of glittering diagonal bands juxtaposed in contrasting colors. This vivacious tribal rug remarkably still possesses heavier pile overall.
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