Late 19th century, 207 x 183 cm, South Caucasus, Azerbaijan
This large single-panel kilim cover is plainwoven on multi-coloured warps which have been plaited into long decorative braids at both ends. The three sections of the field design are woven in the colours of the warps, i.e. blue, red and green. The red field is framed by two wide, plain dark blue bands, and a sea-green vertical panel has been placed at its centre. The three zones are interlocked by reciprocal trefoils, the defining features in creating the graphic appearance of this poster-like flatweave. Small embroidered animals and protective symbols add a touch of folklore. The two elems of horizontal stripes and subtle brocaded dividing lines contain sand yellow as a fourth colour. It is said that such covers were used as sofrehs (eating cloths). – One inserted section in the upper left-hand corner, good overall condition, original finishes all around.
RIPPON BOSWELL, A 41, Lot 107 und A 43, Lot 13 *** AMPE 1994, Nr. 26 *** KIRDÖK 1995, K 2593, S. 47 *** TKF-WIEN 1986, Nr. 79 *** HALI 62, 1992, S. 21 *** VOK 1996, Nr. 79 = RIPPON BOSWELL, A 91, Lot 202