Shirwan 16304 Carpet No(Type N Reference): 16304 Origin (State, Province): Caucasus Size: 230 X 120 CMfrom sh.sameyeh Oriental carpet catalogue page No.189 Age: last quarter 19th century Category: Caucasus Description of Design and History: This represent a well known type of shirwan carpet composition which has rows of stepped -edged and conjoined hexagonal motifs in single vertical row , with a flattened, saw -edged medallion at either end of the row, the latter motif has been related by some authors to ancient – Egytian and Persian Royal insignia. Shirvan rugs – The historic Khanate or administrative district of Shirvan produced many highly decorative antique rugs that have a formality and stylistic complexity that is found in few rugs from the Caucasus. The depth of colors, the complexity of the composition and the phenomenal patterns featured in antique Shirvan rugs set them apart from those produced in other regions of the Caucasus. The format is generally long and narrow, which would have been preferred by consumers in the Caucasus. This format lends itself well to multi-medallion compositions.All natural dyes are paramount for the carpet to have more than just decorative value. Beyond that, various dyers had varying levels of skill and invested different lengths of time in dyeing the yarns. The “quality of color”–its radiance and level of nuance within each color–is centrally important. Certain rare colors such as Tyrian purple, saffron yellow, cochineal rose and greens add to the carpet’s value
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