Southeast Caucasian Antique Rug
4' 5" x 6' 4" (135cm x 193cm) 3rd Quarter, 19th Century
(Connoisseur-Caliber - Investment Level)
Price upon request
BIDJOV SHIRVAN, Southeast Caucasian
4' 5" x 6' 4"
135cm x 193cm
3rd Quarter, 19th Century
("Great Lakes Collection") This is an extremely singular Shirvan in the Bidjov subgroup that expresses charismatic graphic patterning and an unusual hybrid nature. Marked by casual symmetry to create a gentle activity, two columns of shield form medallions alternate in rust red and ivory, resembling totemic eagles with spread wings and multiple talon-tipped appendages. The center axis is adorned by complementary abstract flowerheads that are not unlike mischievous masques. Aided by a mild patina, the drawing in this prize find is astoundingly clear, sharpening the features of each design. The rug's expertly dyed sonorous chorus of rich and paled tonalities emphasize the mysteries evoked by these esoteric motifs. The adoption of a primary border pattern almost exclusively seen in Chi Chi weavings alludes to the migration of ideas and peoples, some of which may have persistently held on to the traditions of their homeland to facilitate a cultural cross-pollination. This special piece is in remarkable condition relative to its age and perfect for the Caucasian rug connoisseur who believes they have "seen it all." GLC rugs cannot be purchased using exchange credit.
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