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4' 5" x 5' 0" (135cm x 152cm) 3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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BAKU CAMELHAIR, Southeast Caucasian
4' 5" x 5' 0"
135cm x 152cm
3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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(Connoisseur-Caliber) ("New Arrivals Gallery")A squarish, 160-year-old finely woven rug from the Baku style, this exquisite geometric rug’s golden camelhairground and rich secondary color palette would have attracted a wealthy buyer from the city’s local market. Since the 1500s a prosperous commercial center, Baku had a well-established upper class, especially after the discovery of oil in 1846. This piece shines with the extraordinary combination of precision and spontaneous character. Note how the “ashik” serrated motifs filling the field are individually drawn as is the panoply of smaller symbols in the corner pieces, there to delight the viewer who finds them. With six beautifully expressed borders augmenting its ornate ambiance, this dignified small rug is a collectible, stunningly artistic example. Learn About This Rug Type