Karadagh rugs can be some of the finest village rugs woven in Northwest Persia. This colorful and elegant runner is an extraordinary example of its type. The wool is exceptionally lush and soft, and the drawing and spacing are beautifully executed. In this rug, a column of colorful diamonds and lobed ornaments are traced against a deep indigo ground. These lobed ornaments combine classic Persian motifs, including palmettes and lobed quatrefoil medallions, with quintessentially tribal elements such as latch-hook diamonds. The thin, radial projections emanating from several of the design elements recall drawing from rugs of both the neighboring Caucasus region and more distant Central Asia. These motifs point to the possibility of a Shahsevan tribal weaver. A rust ground main border decorated with linked, abstracted floral motifs, which is the defining Karadagh border, frames the field. From the collection of Christopher Emmet.
Karadagh runner19th C (3rd Q)
- No loss of original pile or selvedges, and only minor repair to macrame ends.
- 3' 7"
- 12' 9"
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