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Southern Central Caucasian Antique Rug
3' 11" x 5' 10" (119cm x 178cm) Circa 1875
MOGHAN, Southern Central Caucasian
3' 11" x 5' 10"
119cm x 178cm
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("New Arrivals Gallery") A rare find for ardent Caucasian collectors, this celebrative piece was woven by pastoral tribespeople of the fertile Moghan plain, where transitory settlements dating to 5,000 BCE have been discovered. Two columns of carefully placed medallions called Memling guls, after a 15th-century Flemish painting showing a similar Oriental rug, occupy almost every inch of the field. Its range of upbeat mid-tone hues charges the composition with spirited saturation in darkened cinnabar, azure, apricot, luminous emerald, and Caspian blue. Sophisticated abrash tonal shifts throughout convey a sense of the sky, giving the rug an enticing sense of depth and revitalizing the ancient patterns. Freeform spontaneity of the "crab" and other motifs in the surrounding border bands aptly juxtaposes the more orderly draftsmanship of the central space, creating delightful animation. This unusually rare find has also retained mostly heavier pile at approximately 150 years old.
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