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Southeast Caucasian Antique Rug
3' 8" x 5' 2" (112cm x 157cm) 3rd Quarter, 19th Century
HC-SHIRVAN, Southeast Caucasian
3' 8" x 5' 2"
112cm x 157cm
3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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("New Arrivals Gallery")This evocatively spacious, extremely finely knotted Caucasian Shirvan offers compelling formatting, presenting a variation on the Shirvan diamond rug. An axis of serrated hexagonal medallions with improvised jewel-shaped centers is filled with "lightning bolts," adding electrifying impact. Snowflake motifs with changing centers flank the vertically stacked diamonds. A riveting combination of exactly tuned, luminous colors includes glowing firebrick, burnished gold, laurel green, and Tyrian purple. This impressively lucent field composition is embraced by a diamond-studded interlocking "Dragon" border that flows upon a scintillating azure ground. In each lower corner, miniature fiery lions show themselves to be effective magical guardians due to the rug's marvelous state of preservation.
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