Condition: Displays well, good color; selvedge and fringe was reinforced; one end with
four tight 2 to 3-inch repairs…the other end with 5 tight 4 to 5-inches repairs; midsection
with 2 tight 18-inch repairs. The noted repairs appear to be professionally executed.
Additional Information: A rare artistically rendered antique example featuring
polychrome “tortoise" medallions and overall Bidjov design. The polychrome medallions
are on a dark indigo field, filled with diminutive animals, human figures, stars, and
tarantula devices. The rug is woven with an ivory border of floral filled urns, the brick red
guard stripe displays snowflake symbols. The rug retains even pile and vibrant color
with strong yet supple palette.
Additional Information: A closely related rug is depicted and discussed in Elena
Tsareva’ s book “Rugs and Carpets from Central Asia”. Page 60, Illustration 29. [Elena
actually examined this rug] (Penguin Book ISBN 014 00 6369 2 and, Allen Lane ISBN 0
7139 1504 8)
When Tekke people moved to Persia in the 1920s, they discovered new materials
and dyes, which were not available in Turkestan, and they successfully combined new
and better materials with the traditional design and skillful workmanship, resulting in
beautiful rugs with bight, eye popping colors, but still in the shades of red typical of
traditional Turkoman rugs and carpets.
Elena Tsareva noted the unusual foundation of this rug, which she thought might be raw
silk, and the bright “pigeon blood” color. She also commented on the exceptionally good
condition of this rug, and it’ s tight weave.
Condition: Very good to fine condition; light overall wear, newly replaced fringe
Additional Information: A very pleasing example that exhibits the strongest design
elements of Caucasian rugs. The rug features a central row of nine Arabesque, latch
hook, and tarantula medallions on a blue-black field. The colors are strong and vivid.
Rather than a main border, the rug is woven with three guard stripes of floral design.
Color palette is very strong with light overall wear and newly replaced fringe. Selvage
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