Antique Lesghi Rug, Lesghistan, Eastern Caucasus.

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This beautiful little rug has three 'Lesghi stars' on a turquoise central field and is framed by five beautiful borders. Rugs made by Lesghians are more commonly found with red or blue central fields but to find turquoise, is rare. The rug, made at the end of the 19th century, is finely knotted and in very good condition albeit with a few very minor repairs on the selvedges.
Size: 1.42m x 1.04m (4' 8" x 3' 5").

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

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I love the indigo-blue ground in this small, square nineteenth century Bijov 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 evenly-low all over. This is a great, collectible rug.
Size: 1.68m x 1.39m (5' 6" x 4' 7").

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

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Ranking as one of the very best of the highly collectible Karachov rugs, this magnificent rug displays a beautiful pea-green field with standard Karachov large, central, octagonal gul and two smaller guls at each end containing '8-pointed stars'. The stunning madder-red main border contains the continuous vine pattern, symbolising the eternal cycle of life.
Made in the Karachov region of the Kazak Mountains in the south-western Caucasus around 1860 -1870, the rug is in excellent overall condition albeit with good, evenly-low pile.
Size: 1.93m x 1.44m (6' 4" x 4' 9").

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 Soumak, Kuba Region, South-Eastern Caucasus.

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Carpets woven in the soumak technique don't come much better than this one!
Acquired from a private English house where it had been hanging on a wall for over 60 years, the overall condition is excellent. Woven in the Kuba region of the south-eastern Caucasus during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, this is an unusually large size as most soumaks made in this area were a good bit smaller. You have to look closely at the overall symbolic representation and particularly interesting is the upper-most blue lozenge with its depiction of two men standing above what might presumably be horses! Note also, horses depicted in the outer field as well as other stylised creatures and birds scattered throughout.
This is an amazing and highly collectible carpet which would provide a fantastic floor covering.
Size: 3.60m x 2.26m (11' 10" x 7' 5").

Antique Soumak Carpet, Daghestan/Kuba Region, Eastern Caucasus. ...

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A magnificent large-size Soumak carpet from circa 1880 and woven in the region of Daghestan or Kuba, in the eastern Caucasus. The beautiful, saturated natural madder-red ground contains three large indigo-blue lozenges with the depiction of human figures on their own and some riding horses. The carpet is in amazing condition bar two small nicks in one of the borders, easily repairable.
This is a wonderful and highly collectible Soumak carpet which would look amazing on a wood floor.
Size: 4.10m x 2.35m (13' 6" x 7' 9").

Antique Perepidal Rug, Perepidal Region, Eastern Caucasus. ...

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This is a most unusual Perepidal rug with its two floral symbols in the central, glowing, indigo-blue field. Around the large flowers are very stylised birds which can be seen in the close-up photos. Other than this rare field design, the borders are typically from the region of Perepidal and the natural colours, including the fabulous sky-blue, are just magnificent.
This rug probably dates to the last quarter of the 19th century and is in excellent condition.
Size: 1.95m x 1.40m (6' 5" x 4' 7").

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 'Sewan' Kazak, South-Western Caucasus

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This magnificent 'Sewan' Kazak has an archaic yet simplicity of design. Its powerful central cruciform is beautifully drawn and the fabulous main border with its zoomorphic 'birds' gives symbolic protection to the central field. A truly fabulous rug, earlier in age to many in private collections.
2.57m x 1.65m (8' 5" x 5' 5").

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, Shirvan Region, Eastern Caucasus.

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This gorgeous small prayer-rug was made in the Shirvan region of the eastern Caucasus at the end of the 19th century. I think this must rank as one of the smallest of type that I've encountered! The weave is incredibly fine and the rug is in excellent condition.
Rugs of the Caucasus and Shirvan rugs included, are amongst the most collectible in the world market. This is a fabulous little rug.
Size: 1.04m x 0.80m (3' 5" x 2' 7").

Antique Lesghi Rug, Lesghian Tribes, South-Western Caucasus. ...

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This rug is amazing! Full pile and great overall condition for a rug made in Lesghi territory, south-western Caucasus around 1880-1890. The colours are fabulous - rich vegetable dyes predominate - and the glowing indigo-blue field containing 3 'Lesghi stars' outlined in madder-red and beautiful rich green. The main ivory border is powerful and symbolically frames and protects the inner Paradise. A truly magnificent, collectable rug.
Size: 1.83m x 1.22m (6' 0" x 4' 0").