Karabagh
6' 5" x 15' 9"
Circa 1880
South Caucasus
Ref no. 32
Wool
Karabagh #1
Karabagh - 6' 5" x 15' 9"
Karabagh rugs, woven in the southeastern Caucasus, generally epitomize the distinctive qualities of Caucasian design – bold graphic drawing or design and multiple brilliant colors. But sometimes, as in this example, Karabagh design reflects the tradition of Northwest Persian tribal or village weaving to the south.. Here the field consists of scalloped medallions containing floral sprays set dramatically against a blue-black ground. The medallions are linked vertically by smaller cartouche forms, probably stylized vases, which sprout horizontal branches with flowers. The halved vases along each side, expanding into cornerpieces at the top and bottom is particularly classical and Persian, as are the vine-scroll and cartouche borders.

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