Antique Caucasian Long Carpet – Talish

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Bought at auction in The Netherlands over 20 years ago by Anthony Sargeant this is a splendid example of Caucasian village weaving. It is in remarkably good condition with only isolated areas of low pile. All of the dyes are natural and that would seem to date it around the middle of the 19th Century (synthetic dyes arrived in the Caucasus soon after their production by German chemists because of the existence of the railways to that region – and there is no trace of any synthetic in this long carpet.

Of especial note are the charming irregularities of the main field which includes human and animal forms and a mosque lamp in the middle of the left hand side.

 

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