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3' 8" x 8' 11" (112cm x 272cm) Dated 1854
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BAKU, Southeast Caucasian
3' 8" x 8' 11"
112cm x 272cm
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Dated twice between the second and third ascending medallions 1272 AH (1854), this very early short runner is both stately and entirely evocative. Woven in the vicinity of the oil-wealthy harbor town of Baku on the Caspian sea, it stems from a culture that was international and, at the same time, part of the Caucasian tribal weaving tradition. Its striking field encasing a single long medallion of four niches each with a similar octogen, is loosely reminiscent of the floorplan of a basilica or mosque with hexagonal ends. On a softly contrasting ivory base, an elegantly woven “crab” border adds a profound secondary syncopation. All in all, this enigmatic rug offers all the delights one hopes to see in the rarest Caucasian rugs, such as a glowing patina, a stirring balance between simplicity and complexity, deeply emotive colors, great condition and superlative craftsmanship. Learn About This Rug Type