Classical Caucasian embroideries such as as this piece are thought to be major design sources for later village pile rugs from the region. Of course, even without this context, they are magnificent textiles by themselves. This splendid example draws rotating rows of octagonal medallions and eight-pointed stars in vivid color. Abstract curvilinear forms, perhaps stylized foliage, meander against a dark ground. The resulting negative space combines with other elements and sections to create additional forms. This is the hallmark of great textile art.
Silk Caucasian Embroideryc. 1700
- 2' 4"
- 2' 8"
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