Caucasian rugs are renowned for their boldness of color and design. This thick-piled Gendje long rug paints large colorful shield-palmettes against a saturated red madder ground. Such palmettes are more typically found in finer Shrivan weavings and to encounter them here executed in thicker pile is unusual, especially since their detail and execution have not been compromised. Matching the scale and color of the field ornament, large but detailed rosettes are drawn against the white ground of the main border. A series of varied reciprocal guard borders add depth and a distinct sense of motion. Of particular interest is the inner green and blue linked trident form pattern, which creates a frame of reciprocal repeats around the field. While this is often a popular feature of older Kazak rugs from the Caucasus, it may ultimately derive from the even larger reciprocal borders found in central Persian carpets of the seventeenth century. Formerly collection of Benjamin Fernandez and now from the collection of a New York collector.
Gendje19th C (3rd Q)
- Wonderful full pile and great wool quality. Areas of reweaving and re-piling.
- 4' 2"
- 9' 0"
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