Woven in the north Caucasus, rugs designated as Zakatala did not reach the attention of collectors until the fall of the Soviet Union. Throughout the nineties, thick dark-wefted Caucasian pieces with lustrous wool and a deceptively simple color palette began to filter their way into the markets of Istanbul and beyond. This stellar example of the type is drawn with an iconic "Memling gul" repeat pattern, alternating red octagons and golden devices with white octagons and Memlings drawn in pistachio green. The field is deep and saturated, integrating a standard slightly corrosive brown with deeper tones. These were most likely achieved using indigo components. The scale is perfect, and this piece reads majestically both on the floor or on a wall. Of particular merit is a double-dyed madder and indigo-derived purple seen only in two elements in the lower border.
Zakatala19th C (3rd Q)
- Being sold on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Wendel Swan.
- 5' 10"
- 6' 6"
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