Dated 1860, Caucasian Wedding Rug, The Best of a Small Group of Sewan Kazak Rugs
This fantastic work of textile art is from a very rare and small group of antique Kazak Rugs woven around Lake Sewan in Southern Caucasus. Dated 1860.
Fascinating natural dyed colors and a beautiful design, depicting a stylized shield pattern surrounded by tribal motifs, flowers, small animals, kites, combs, hooks, earrings and most importantly a bride, groom and possibly father & mother in law in their special ceremonial dresses.
This special rug was most likely woven by a young female artisan for her wedding as maiden's trousseau and the wedding took place in year 1860.
There are a handful Caucasian rugs of this specific group that were publicly sold and in the museums around the world including one at the "Vakiflar Museum" in Istanbul However none of them has the bride, groom, father & mother and a woven date all together. To the best of our knowledge, there is only one other with a date on it which is younger than ours and it doesn't have any human patterns.
Another example with a dark color palette and some condition issues was sold by John Moron Auctioneers in CA for $19,500, again it didn't have a date and bride, groom, father and mother either.
One of the publicly sold pieces of this group of rare rugs was offered by a well known rug dealer and scholar at a San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show and sold for $25,000.