Antique Armenian Rug, Armenia.

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Dated 1918 in the solar calendar, 1337 in the Islamic calendar, this beautiful rug with its glorious shades of indigo-blue, is bold and exciting in every way. Look closely and you can pick out stylised creatures depicted in various parts of the rug. With all natural colours, this stunning rug is in excellent condition.
Size: 2.64m 1.70m (8' 8" x 5' 7").
| $6,404 USD | €5,541 EUR

Antique Shirvan Rug, Shirvan Region, Eastern Caucasus. ...

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I love the indigo-blue ground in this small, square nineteenth century Shirvan rug from the eastern Caucasus incorporating a stunning array of natural colours throughout.
Looking closely at the design, there are 'birds-heads lozenges, floral motifs and zoomorphic bird-like creatures. The main ivory border with its continuous vine symbolising the eternal cycle of life, is a popular border in this part of the eastern Caucasus.
The pile, which was originally cropped short to give a beautifully defined pattern to the symbols, is now evenly-low all over. This is a great, collectible rug.
Size: 1.68m x 1.39m (5' 6" x 4' 7").
| $6,067 USD | €5,250 EUR

Antique Prayer-Rug, Bordjalou, South-Western Caucasus.

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An attractive prayer-rug, made in the Bordjalou region of the south-western Caucasus around 1900. The rug is in full pile with some old, well-done re-weaves in the field as well as the outer minor border re-woven at each end. I have taken all this into account in my price.
Size: 1.80m x 1.40m (5' 11" x 4' 7").
| $3,842 USD | €3,325 EUR

Antique Armenian Corridor Carpet, Armenia.

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Stunning sky-blue dominates the field of this handsome corridor carpet, made in Armenia around 1900. The overall knotted pile is evenly low, but still hard wearing enough to place on the floor in a hallway. A very attractive carpet.
Size: 3.15m x 1.24m (10' 4" x 4' 1").
| $3,708 USD | €3,208 EUR

Antique Gendje Rug, Gendje, South-Western Caucasus.

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Small rugs like this one from the Gendje area in the south-west Caucasus are unusual.
The striking diagonal bands of indigo-blue and golden yellow fill the central field disappearing under the borders and out into infinity. Thus the weaver has captured a small part of Paradise and protected it by surrounding it with stunning borders. The ivory border is particularly attractive and the rug is complete albeit some minor loss to the lower outer border. The wool is lustrous and in full pile all-over. A superb little rug made circa 1900.
Size: 1.53 x 1.16m (5' 0" x 3' 10").
| $3,371 USD | €2,917 EUR

Antique Armenian Rug, Erivan Region, Armenia.

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This charming little rug was made in the Erivan region of Armenia circa 1900.
The central medallion and four outer medallions are in a beautiful shade of natural teal and the prominence of the central pre-Islamic cross symbolises warding of evil spirits and breaking evil down into four parts. The main border design is reminiscent of the Caucasian 'ChiChi' border and the rug is in full pile excellent condition.
Size: 1.52m x 1.09m (5' 0" x 3' 7").
| $2,494 USD | €2,158 EUR

Old Erivan Rug, Erivan, Armenia.

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Although I would not normally buy an rug of this age - circa 1980s - I couldn't resist acquiring it for the small sum it was offered to me for. It is finely knotted with an intricate design based on the rugs of Kuba in the eastern Caucasus and the Armenian weaver has used beautiful natural colours throughout.
I'm very happy, therefore, to offer it out at a fraction of what the pre 1900 rug would cost - a bargain for something of this fine quality.
Size: 1.98m 1.37m
| $1,955 USD | €1,692 EUR

Antique Karachov Rug, Kazak Mountains, South-West Caucasus. ...

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This magnificent, mint condition rug was made in Karachov in the Kazak Mountains, south-west Caucasus during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The classic Karachov design in this fabulous rug has been knotted in soft, lustrous natural-dye wool. It is certainly one of the best Karachovs I've laid my eyes on.
Size: 2.80m x 1.78m (9' 2" x 5' 10").

Antique Prayer-Rug, Gendje, South-Western Caucasus.

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Sold in the early 1990s and illustrated in all three editions of my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent', I have acquired it back. However, I have seen it again and again over the years, hanging in a house where it was well-loved.
Made in the area of Gendje in the south-western Caucasus around 1870, this charming little prayer-rug with its very subtlety woven prayer-niche, contains a field of diagonal bands with small symbols often found in the Caucasus and amongst the Shahsevan nomads. The main ivory border is powerfully drawn and frames the field. In very good overall condition, this is a highly collectible and rare example of this area.
Size: 1.32m x 0.91m (4' 4" x 3' 0").

Antique Prayer-Rug, Borjalou Region, South-West Caucasus.

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This magnificent prayer-rug was made in Borjalou in the south-western Caucasus and dated 1905. Particularly attractive is the beautiful green field incorporating a variety of tribal symbols and in the very centre of the rug, the depiction of a little human. The main borders are typically 'Borjalou' as is the weave. The rug is in very good overall condition with a few very tiny re-weaves and an evenly-low pile.
Size: 1.53 x 1.13m (5' 0" x 3' 9").

Antique Prayer-Rug, Kuba, Eastern Caucasus.

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This delightful little prayer-rug was made in the Kuba region, eastern Caucasus, circa 1880-1900.
The madder-red field has a plethora of '8-pointed stars' - symbols of protection. The stars, in different natural colours, appear to disappear under the borders and out into infinity. The weaver has captured that small part of Paradise, built borders around it, to keep evil spirits from entering. The ivory main border with its symbols combination of '8-pointed stars' and 'quincunx' or 'fives', is extremely powerful and again, affording protection. The mihrab is highlighted in natural green and the rug is in very good condition, albeit the pile is evenly low all over.
I love it!
Size: 1.43 x 0.92m (4' 8" x 3' 0").

Antique Borchalou Rug, Borchalou, South-West Caucasus.

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Borchalou lies below Tiflis in the south-western Caucasus. In the seventeenth century, Shah Abbas deported Borchalou tribes from Hamadan northwards and they eventually settled in this area, now called Borchalou.
This stunning little rug has a typical Borchalou madder-red field and simple motifs depicted therein. Interestingly, at the base of the red field there appears a blue square which I suspect is a re-entrant symbol, often seen in prayer-rugs of the south-west Caucasus. Could this little rug, therefore, be a latent prayer-rug?
Made circa 1875, it is in near mint condition and the wool is soft and glossy.
Size: 1.40m x 1.22m (4' 7" x 4' 0")