The small vignettes including a fruit basket, rabbit and musical instruments that are depicted along the vertical axis of this kilim recall motifs that appear in the niches of Russian 'album' needlepoint carpets, for one example that also includes the coat of arms of the Gorchakov family see Sotheby's New York, 15 April 1993, lot 209, also published in Sherrill, Sarah B., Carpets and Rugs of Europe and America, New York, 1996, pl. 209. The fine weave and saturated color of the present carpet are characteristics of early 19th century pile and flatwoven carpets from Western Russia, Moldova and the Ukraine. In the second half of the 19th century these designs would become increasingly stylized and simplified, rendered in a more subdued color palette. For related examples of early 19th century kilim carpets see Sotheby's New York, 12 December 1997, lot 180, a pictorial carpet dated 1846; 5 December 1987, lot 253; 3 June 1989, lot 333; 12 April 1996, lot 116; 1 April 2003, lot 165; Christie's New York, 20 May 2008, lot 326; and for a pile carpet, Sotheby's New York, 13 December 1996, lot 236.
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