173 x 101 cm
This south Caucasian rug originates from southern Azerbaijan. It dates to the end of the 19th century.
The pile is woven in wool on a wool foundation, with the weft in various shades of brown. Technically, the weave displays elements of the way Talish rugs are woven, with the weft reinforced from the selvedges inwards by a line, sometimes a double line, of red additional wefts of a length of around ten up to 15 cm.
The latch hook main border is a design frequently found in Caucasian rugs from various areas. The field on a terracotta red ground is decorated by three medallions arranged on a vertical axis. The lozenge in the centre, mainly in light blue on a white ground, forms a striking focal point of the rug. Two pairs of large and medium sized flower heads decorate the spaces between the medallions. A profusion of small flower heads, lying S shapes and a number of birds as well as comb and amulet motifs complete the patterning of the field.
A series of guard stripes in geometric designs, mostly stripes, enclose the main border.
The rug is in evenly low pile and has some repairable damage to the sides and ends but is in usable condition.