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Southeast Caucasian Antique Rug
3' 6" x 5' 9" (107cm x 175cm) Circa 1900
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SHIRVAN, Southeast Caucasian
3' 6" x 5' 9"
107cm x 175cm
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("New Arrivals Gallery") Harkening to tribal rugs from an earlier time, in this turn of the 20th-century piece, a spaciousness field allows the magically charged designs to breathe, highlighting the dynamic visual contrast of the energetic border suite. A series of emblematic octagrams contain an ancient motif of elemental tree forms sprouting from central diamonds. The compressed star at the top follows its gradually elongated companions downward, suggesting a compelled motion. Hooked 'Wheels of Life' adorn the four corners of each medallion and are echoed in the shimmering indigo field. Mythical zoomorphic guardians are present with crescent moon-tailed chimeric sentinels, four-legged diamond-crowned creatures, joined by a crimson-striped avian overseer. Its prominent antennae are perhaps tuned to the celestial sphere. Happily, this totemic weaving comes to us in superb condition some six score years since its conception.
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