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3' 7" x 5' 11" (109cm x 180cm) Late 19th Century
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SHIRVAN, Southeast Caucasian
3' 7" x 5' 11"
109cm x 180cm
Late 19th Century
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("New Arrivals Gallery") Certain antique rugs have a particular quality that compels the viewer to recognize an instant visual appeal that sets them apart. This delectable piece from the Shirvan weaving region, stretching for some 200 miles west from the fabled coast of the Caspian Sea, falls within that criteria. With a ground color indeed rippled as though by waves, palmette-like forms, thought to be a highly stylized, elemental hybrid of botanical and totemic affinities, imbues this magical rug with an evocative sense of fruitfulness and the continuation of life. In the bottom half, four antlered creatures, each with unique horns, graze amidst celestial symbols, other four-legged mammals, and even two tiny human figures at the bottom, participating in this orchestra of nature. An alluring, time mellowed color palette offers a wider and warmer group of hues than is customary that, combining effortlessly, induces a sublime aesthetic experience.
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