Antique Caucasian Karagashli Shirvan Rug, Ca 1880
A Karagashli rug with a visually stunning and engaging design that feature multiple medallions in deep navy blue in the form of stepped diamonds that contain split palmettes with angular floral sprigs springing from them against a field in deep tomato red decorated with very prominent pairs of angular calyx motifs in cream as well as motifs of floating stars, angular flowers and hooks in saffron yellow, cobalt blue and cream.
The inner and outer borders along with their inner and outer bands are very intricately detailed. The multi chromatic and diagonal running water motif in red, blue, yellow and cream charges the entire design with incredible dynamism and the outer border with its dainty carnations gives off a softer sense of finish.
The rug is hand-knotted, made low wool pile on wool foundation. It has a supple weave, is in very good condition and professionally cleaned.