Northeast Caucasian Antique Rug
3' 9" x 5' 9" (114cm x 175cm) 3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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CC_KARAGASHLI KUBA, Northeast Caucasian
3' 9" x 5' 9"
114cm x 175cm
3rd Quarter, 19th Century
("New Arrivals Gallery") Fluidly presented in an equanimous display, this rug is an original and quintessential example of Karagashli Kuba artistry, among the most striking and iconic in the Caucasian pantheon of imagery. It offers maximum graphic impact through the confident placement of the blossom-bearing rectangle motifs and super-stylized "split palmettes" that could be simultaneously zoomorphic. The spacious, ocean-blue reserve houses levitating mythological guardians arrayed in regal repose. The overall clarity of every chiseled design is astonishing, as is their almost mathematical placement by a master composer. Understated abrash color striation is explored through finely measured texturing, adding an aliveness that does not distract from the artist's aesthetic goal. An exceptional "Dragon" border augments the enigmatic atmosphere of this particularly desirable 150-year-old art piece in extremely good condition.
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