Harshang Shirvan Rugs

Guide to Harshang Shirvan Rugs & Carpets


Shirvan Harshang Rug
Shirvan Harshang Rug
Origin: Northeast Caucasus, late 19th century

Measurements: 5ft. 5in. by 3ft. 9in. (1.65 by 1.14m.)

Condition: Oxidized charcoals, repiling, partial end guard stripe.

Four Harshang Derivative Village Rugs
Rug One of Four Harshang Derivative Village Rugs
Rug 1

Origin: Transcaucasian rug, circa 1800

Size: 4ft.3in. x 7ft.4in. (1.30m x 2.24m)

Rug Two of Four Harshang Derivative Village Rugs
Rug 2

Origin: South Caucasian, circa 1800

Size: 3ft.2in. x 6ft.3in. (0.97m x 1.91m)

Pile: Wool symmetrical knot V9 H7 63 per sq. in.

Warp: Wool, natural brown, ivory Z4S, very irregular offset from 10° to as much 30°

Weft: Cotton, ivory, ranges considerably in thickness, 2 shoots.

Rug Three of Four Harshang Derivative Village Rugs
Rug 3

Origin: Northwestern Iran or Southern Caucasus, circa 1800 or earlier

Size: 4ft.8in. x 7ft.4in.

Warp: Wool, ivory, Z2S, level

Weft: Red wool , Z2S

Pile: Wool, 2Z spun strand

Knot: Symmetrical, V10 H 8 80/sq. inch.

Handle: Flexible

Description: A small number of rugs of this type are known, of which this is probably the oldest. They are clearly derived from Safavid carpet, yet have features that reappear in further abstracted forms throughout Northwestern Iran and the Caucasus.

Rug Four of Four Harshang Derivative Village Rugs
Rug 4

Origin: Eastern Caucasus or Northwest Persia, early 19th century

Size: 139cm x 243cm

Description: A particular descendant of the classical Harshang design. The palette of rich, powerful colors, including the reddish golden yellow field and a green tending towards olive, is of special note.

Mid-19th C. Azerbaijan "Harshang" Rug
Mid-19th C. Azerbaijan "Harshang" Rug
Origin: An Azerbaijan long rug, South Caucasus, mid-19th century

Measurements: 10ft. 6in. by 4ft. 10in. (3.20 by 1.47m.)

Condition: Oxidized charcoals, repiling, reselvaged, rewoven end guard stripes, small reweaves along edges.

Description: The development of the harshang design, from its formalized and multi-planed origins in the large scale Caucasian "Floral" carpets of the 18th century to the relatively naive and asymmetric rendering of mid-19th century village weavings such as this, demonstrates both the timelessness and adaptability of the design. Here the drawing is exuberant and vivacious, the subtlety of the underlying grid system of vinery in the 18th century prototype is much more apparent, and the delicate curvilinear quality of the palmettes and split leaves are interpreted in an angular and dramatic fashion with the focus firmly established on a central column of three bold rosettes. The relationship between border and field has become more integral with the border now acting as a dynamic motif rather than a mere framing device.

Yellow Ground Harshang Long Rug
Yellow Ground Harshang Long Rug
Date: 18th Century

Condition: Rewoven ends and minor reweaves to field.

Size: 13ft. 5in. by 3ft. 6in. (4.09m. by 1.07m.)

Warp: Wool, Z2S, alternate warp strongly depressed, ivory / brown mix

Weft: Wool, 2Z, 2 shoots ivory / brown mix

Pile: Wool, symmetrical knot

Density: 8-9 horizontal, 8-9 vertical

Sides: Not original

Ends: Not original

Colors: Pale to deep rose, medium to deep blue, camel, taupe, English tan, bamboo, teal blue, acorn, bisque, seal brown, pale salmon, sand, black.

Yellow Ground Harshang Long Rug