Herat Antique Oriental Rugs











 
Title:
Karachov Kazak
Size:
34" x 70"
Circa:
1880
Cat. #:
350




Description:
This rug is an example of the principal Karachov design variant.

It is less commonly seen on the international market than the ‘large pattern Holbein’ Karachov.

The comparatively small size of this rug is also unusual.

The field color of all the published examples is either green or mid to dark blue. This one is a vibrant green.

The vertical field arrangement of squares and polygons is very traditional, as are the small checkerboard squares within the red polygons.

The use of ivory dots both frame and assist in defining the composition.

The spontaneous distribution of secondary ornaments including a stylized human form is pleasing and gives the rug a certain tribal quality.

The colors are from natural dye sources and, in the Kazak tradition, are rich and deeply saturated.

Condition: The condition of the rug is very good.
Structure:
 
Warps:
Wool, natural light brown. There is no warp displacement (depression).
 
 
Wefts:
Wool, dyed red. There are two wefts between each row of knots.
     
 
Knots:
Symmetrical
     
 
Sides:
There are four cords. Each cord consists of two warp units bundled together.
     
 
Ends:
Most of the original end construction is lost. There is, however, approximately six (6) inches of original oblique interlacing at the upper end of the rug.
     
  Handle: Moderately supple.
Price:
On Request
Literature:

Bennett, Ian, Oriental Rugs, Volume 1, Caucasian, plates 34 – 38.

 
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