Carpet with Geometricized Floral Design

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This carpet is representative of the Caucasian weaving tradition with its geometricized motifs and overall design, red ground and other warm colors. The field is composed of repeating large-scale medallion-motifs formed with stylized palmettes, lotus and other flowers, combined with polygonal or star-like patterns. Stylized cypress trees on a stand against a white ground are repeated in the narrow border. A few flowers with rounded leaves on the star-like medallions are remnants of Persian influence and soften the geometrized composition. This powerful design is especially striking on a carpet of this large size and was preferred by commercial workshops, where such carpets with their low knot-count were produced in large quantities for trade.

Carpet with Geometricized Floral Design, Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile

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