Antique Caucasian Gendje | 3′ 3″ x 6′ 10″, 3rd quarter, 19th century

 

 

 


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This short runner immediately captivated my interest because I’ve only ever seen one other Caucasian rug with this style of repeating “Star of Wisdom” pattern. And not a single published example. As well as being extremely unique, it has such striking and buoyant artistry and uplifting colors. Its patterns and hues communicate much thoughtfulness, lightheartedness and the mesmerizing sign of the freeform drawing of an inventive, highly accomplished weaver. Stealing the show at first is the main, completely original motif of two concentric, eight pointed stars layered within cruciform reserves, which repeats three times. Every motif throughout the rug’s field is given room and attention. The “Z” pattern adds syncopated energy in each cross amid a differing cluster of figures. Fully integrated, wonderfully variegated angular butterfly-like shapes fill in the spaces between the three stars, except for at the very bottom. Three dissimilar borders contain an equal level of effervescence as does the rug’s field. Again, a most charming departure from tradition. This unpretentious rug amply attests to the tell-tale show of great staying power: simply, the more you look, the more you see.


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