A KAZAK RUG, WEST CAUCASUS
mid 19th century
approximately 175 by 160cm; 5ft. 9in., 5ft. 3in.
Lovely proportions and joyful colour. Pile good to fair, varies from 2-4mm with some knot bars beginning to appear in lower left and upper right of field and in upper border. Browns oxidised Cobbled repiar in centre of upper border (additional photographs available). Outermost end guards with restorations, flatweave later; now secured with cotton tape. Nice weave and good age.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Christies London, 8 April 2014, lot 67
The proportions and the wide ivory ground border of this piece are unusual; squarish rugs are not often seen. Ulrich Schürmann, in Caucasian Rugs, Munich, 1965, pl.44, pp.146-47, illustrated a Gendje rug fragment with a similar hooked medallion. The pattern of the central lozenge, an interpretation of the classical cruciform medallion with four radiating palmettes, is repeated in the four secondary corner medallions of this charming rug.