Medallion Style Shirvan Rugs

Examples:

Shirvan Long Rug dated 1905
A Shirvan Long Rug dated 1905
Origin: East Caucasus, dated 1323 (1905)

Measurements: 8ft. 4in. by 4ft. 8in. (2.54 by 1.42m.)

Condition: Upper flatwoven end finish, oxidized browns, small repaired slits.

A Shirvan Long Rug dated 1905



Shirvan long rug
Shirvan long rug
Origin: East Caucasus, dated 1331 (1913)

Size: 9ft. 5in. by 5ft. (2.87 by 1.52m.)

Description: Original flatwoven ends, oxidized browns.

A Shirvan long rug



The Oliveira Three Medallion Shirvan
The Oliveira Three Medallion Shirvan
Size: 189 x 123 cm.

Region: West Asia > Caucasus > Northeast Caucasus > Shirvan

Date/Period: Late 19th century

Materials: Soft wool, natural dyes

Structure: Knots: 59 (v) x 33 (h) = 1,947 / dm2

Condition: Very good, with good pile all over.

Full Description: A very nice blue Shirvan rug with a vertical row of three lozenge medallions with geometricized flowers inside. At the lozenges' ends "a radial ornament can be seen which recalls old Egyptian and Persian royal insignia" (Ulrich Schurmann, Caucasian Rugs, Poolesville, 1990, pp. 196). The main border is a traditional ‘crab' border design. The small diamond border is an older border type.

The Oliveira Three Medallion Shirvan



The Oliveira Three Medallion Shirvan
Size: 227 x 137 cm.

Region: West Asia > Caucasus > Northeast Caucasus > Shirvan

Date/Period: 19th century, late

Structure: Knots: 53 (v) x 26 (h) = 1,378 / dm2

Condition: Excellent, with soft wool and a good pile, with only a very small area where the dyes used for the black color corroded.

Full Description: A very attractive Caucasian Shirvan rug, with three medallions, each containing a large hooked motif with a geometric floral rendition at its centre. The beautiful colours of this rug, along with its main border, make it a magnificent specimen of antique Caucasian weaving.

The Oliveira Three Medallion Shirvan



Antique Shirvan Stepped Medallion Rug
Antique Shirvan Stepped Medallion Rug
Period / Date: 19th century, second half (1850 - 1899)

Condition: Very Good

Notes: This is a wonderful example of what I am calling a Shirvan Stepped Medallion. The "S" border is very similar to other Caucasian Rugs. I suspect that this is the product of a long line of design evolution that includes dragon carpets and 18th century sunburst carpets.

Antique Shirvan Stepped Medallion Rug

Antique Shirvan Stepped Medallion Rug