Antique Karabagh, Caucasus, late nineteenth century Among the great genres of antique Caucasian village rugs, Karabaghs are the ones that most often reflect the influence of Persian carpets from further south, as this splendid example does. Here a diamond red-ground medallion with a feathered contour floats within a hexagonal blue field defined by triangular spandrels and zig-zag edging. In the manner of Persian village rugs like Bidjars or Malayers, a consistent Persian Herati pattern repeats across the entire surface, with the various sections distinguished from one another only by outlines and changes in ground color. A lovely ‘turtle’ vinescroll border frames the field. Its red ground color enables it to merge visually with the spandrels to provide a strong visual frame for the overall composition.
Size: 5. ft 08 in x 19 ft 06 in (1.73 m x 5.94 m)