(Connoisseur-Caliber) (“NEW ACQUISITION")With its utterly unique and inventive design and top notch craftsmanship, this is totally unlike any other Shirvan rug we have experienced. It deviates completely from traditional Caucasian motifs, confidently presenting age-old symbolic motifs, including the Zoroastrian lightning bolts, “Wheel of Life” mandalas and botehs in an entirely new manifestation. Its extremely fine knotting and very closely cut pile accounts for its chiseled detail work and glass-like finish. Throughout, its colors are extremely potent, offering jewel tones adeptly counterbalanced by a strategic use of bleached clear ivory. Astonishingly well preserved in excellent, virtually full pile condition, this woven gem has clearly been in storage for most of its life.