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Antique Zakatala rug, North Azerbaijan, 19th century. Peter Pap Oriental Rugs http://www.peterpap.com/

Peter Pap's notes: "This piece contains both the typical dark almost black weft towards the bottom with a finer grey weft at the top. When turning to design, a plethora of references to other Caucasian weaving groups may be seen. The general layout is possibly reminiscent of some Perepedil rugs but the grand scale seems to be a unique interpretation, exceptionally dynamic almost mirroring the freely drawn styles of kaitag embroideries. Of particular interest is the central white medallion, the proportions of which and scale of drawing appear almost magical. As in the case of most Caucasian weavings, color is paramount and this piece does not disappoint. This is expertly applied in both the large-scale ornament and in the flurry of smaller latch-hook tracery set against the dark field.

MATERIALS: Knotted wool pile on wool foundation
WIDTH: 4 ft. 6 in. (137 cm)
LENGTH: 7 ft. 6 in. (229 cm)