CAUCASIAN KUBA KILIM, Southeast Caucasian 4ft 10in x 6ft 5in Circa 1850
This is a tremendously energetic, consummately crafted antique Caucasian Kilim rug that abandons the repetitive, simplistic compositions typically encountered in flatweave rugs. Instead, it offers an ingenious allover design of eccentric medallions, rendered in rich, artfully contrasting tones that give them a striking presence. Free form creativity abounds, as in the numerous enigmatic ornaments that are scattered throughout the field. Although it dates from the mid-19th century, the collectors who have owned this tribal Oriental rug maintained it in superb condition.