3' 10" x 4' 11" (117cm x 150cm) 3rd Quarter, 19th Century
SHIRVAN, Southeastern Caucasus
3' 10" x 4' 11"
117cm x 150cm
3rd Quarter, 19th Century
("New Arrivals Gallery") Reminiscent of Turkish color choices and a bold striation technique, this constantly creative piece is a brilliant departure from the jewel-toned primary colors and amulets often used in rugs of this weaving region. Filling the three diamond shapes, the only real nod to this Shirvan style, are sprinkled angular florets rather than a single chosen symbol, this little rug offers a continual discovery of original patterns. There are two different motifs seemingly inspired by the abacus, serrated edges but not the shape of the Shirvan Gubpa medallion, two unique octagons at the bottom of the field and many small inventions as well. Its impact also lies in the chiaroscuro color-contrasts of wheat, ivory, walnut, cobalt and bright sky blue amplifying this artwork's thrilling chromatic dimensionality. Of special note is the completely unexpected Mondrianesque outer guard border framing this enrapturing smaller-sized wonder.
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