Lot 9
  • 9

An Azerbaijan silk embroidery

8,000 - 12,000 USD
10,000 USD
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  • silk

Catalogue Note

It has been suggested that the design principle of some embroideries of this type derive from seventeenth-century Safavid tiles, see Christine Klose, "The Transformation of Rug Design," Hali, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 345-351. Although this idea is more apparent in Caucasian and Azerbaijan embroideries with more angular designs, such as one sold Sotheby's New York, December 5, 1987, lot 118, the basic spatial concept and composition of this lot also shares similarities with the designs of earlier and contemporaneous Persian tiles. The narrow border decorated with a continuous and interlocking pattern executed on a light background in powerful contrast with the dark field, the strongly centralized and symmetrical field design composed of a multiple-sided central medallion surrounded by naturalistically rendered palmettes and stylized curled leaves and the inclusion of animal figures in the corner cartouches are all design elements this lot shares with other embroideries from Azerbaijan.