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").
| $7,316 USD | €6,118 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").
| $3,972 USD | €3,321 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").
| $3,832 USD | €3,205 EUR

Antique Armenian Rug, Armenia.

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The most charming aspect of this rug is the depiction of the man and wife in the top left hand corner of the indigo-blue field. Utterly charming!
Could this have been a marriage rug? Above the young couple is old Armenian script which, when translated, may help to identify the real reason for the making of this rug.
Recently out of a private collection where it has been for many years, I've had the rug washed and restored where necessary, but the pile is evenly low as can be seen in the photos. Nevertheless, the rug, which must date to circa 1880, has another 100 years of use on the floor but I suspect it would take on its own charm, hanging on the wall. It's a great example of early Armenian knotted weaving.
Size: 2.01m x 1.47m (6' 7" x 4' 10".
| $3,484 USD | €2,914 EUR

Antique Erivan Rug, Erivan, 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").
| $3,275 USD | €2,739 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 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")

Antique Akstafa Prayer-Rug, Eastern Caucasus

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This beautiful, early Akstafa prayer-rug from the eastern Caucasus was made around 1860. The rug is in very good condition with a few very minor areas of re-knotting near the original selvedges and a very small 'ruck' line which is easily repaired after the rug has a stretch. The dyes are all natural and the pile good all-over.
A very collectable rug of the type.
Size: 1.70m x 0.82m (5' 7" x 2' 8").

Antique Prayer-Rug, Akstafa, Eastern Caucasus

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This visually stunning little prayer-rug was made in the Akstafa region of the eastern Caucasus during the last quarter of the 19th century. The colours are all vegetable and consist of a beautiful cochineal-red in the central field and a lovely use of green in the outer border (which looks blue'ish in the main photo).
Size: 1.48m x 0.82m (4' 10" x 2' 8").

Antique Moghan Rug, Moghan, Azerbaijan, South-Western Caucasus ...

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This magnificent corridor rug from the Moghan region of Azerbaijan, was made around 1870 and is in excellent condition. The natural colour palette is stunning and I particularly like the main border with its archaic 'bird' design.
Size: 2.74m x 1.00m (9' 0" x 3' 3").