A SOUTH CAUCASIAN GALLERY CARPET
late 18th century
approximately 490 by 168cm; 16ft.1in., 5ft. 6in.
Glorious colour. Generally fair pile, with some areas of wear in centre of field with minor localised repiling (Additional images are available if required) and spot foundation visible. The upper end outer guard stripe and guard stripe and part of border at lower end which have minor restorations.End finishes appear mainly original but are very bright white (cotton), so a bit too clean! Will tone down with use.
The designs of Caucasian carpets of the late classical period developed from earlier Safavid and Ottoman carpet models. This example includes palmettes and medallions which clearly have earlier antecedents, intermingled with multiple minor motifs which are typical of later 19th century Caucasian weavings. This example is notable for its joyful use of colour.
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