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4' 5" x 10' 3" (135cm x 312cm) 3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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AKSTAFA, Southeast Caucasian
4' 5" x 10' 3"
135cm x 312cm
3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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("New Arrivals Gallery") The Akstafa peacock, woven ten times into this top-flight piece, is revered for its both celestial and royal associations. Like the Eagle Kazak sunburst emblem from the Caucasian Karabagh tradition, is always evokes exclamations of rapture. Named after the local river, Akstafa long rugs were woven in the Shirvan district and always featured several of these ornately festooned fowl. Next door to the Akstafa region, another "long rug" tradition from the Chajli area use strikingly oversize octagons in a columnar display. This carpet extremely skillfully and innovatively combines these two traditions to create an entirely fresh ambiance while retaining the symbolism's enigmatic quality. Its phantasmagorical peacocks displaying weaver's comb tail feathers appear amidst a plethora of hooked symbolic references to the dragon mythology that permeated the Caucasian imagination and, in this fabulously preserved piece, is again rekindled.
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