Southeast Caucasian Antique Rug
3' 10" x 4' 10" (117cm x 147cm) 3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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BIDJOV SHIRVAN, Southeast Caucasian
3' 10" x 4' 10"
117cm x 147cm
3rd Quarter, 19th Century
In this quite early rendition of the famed Bidjov Shirvan sub-style, sunburst structures drawn with a freehand quality morph into curling abstractions of the heavenly dragon. This significant motif was adapted from Far Eastern lore by traders along the Silk Routes. On a glimmering ground of sapphire blue, the artful, experienced weaver eschewed the rigidity often found in lesser examples. No single element is symmetrically placed or drawn with dull exactitude. A panoply of supportive motifs such as Endless Knots, solar discs, tiny florets, enigmatic emblems, and a lone canine run the gamut of scale, adding immense visual interest. When paired with splendidly exotic hues, the composition becomes a connoisseur's dream. A highly unusual polygon border hints at a pattern seen more often in Gendje rugs but was compressed and truncated to fit the weaver's vision. Note the improvised dashed horizontal bars that appear only once at the bottom.
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