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Shirvan rugs - The historic Khanate or administrative district of Shirvan produced many highly decorative antique rugs that have a formality and stylistic complexity that is found in few rugs from the Caucasus. The depth of colors, the complexity of the composition and the phenomenal patterns featured in antique Shirvan rugs set them apart from those produced in other regions of the Caucasus. Shirvan, which is part of modern-day Azerbaijan, was populated by Azeri Turks and some Armenians, who were expert dyers and weavers. The format is generally long and narrow, which would have been preferred by consumers in the Caucasus. This format lends itself well to multi-medallion compositions.
Grand symbol-filled medallions with polychrome accents are featured prominently as are all-over Afshan patterns, which are a sort of angular arabesque filled with dramatic harshang palmettes. Stunning allover patterns featuring symbolic devices and a latticework of angular floral sprigs are also used. Fine prayer rugs with angular mihrabs are made in the area as well. Rugs from the Shirvan region include those produced in Marasali, Bakuand other local cities and villages with the largest carpets coming from Baku. Regardless of the format or the patterns featured, antique Shirvan carpets are full of strong colors, powerful symbols and subtle details that add to their stylistic richness.
Shirvan rugs are often the most sought after antique rugs from the Caucasus. Shirvan rugs were made not far from those of Kuba, which are closely related in terms of design and coloration. But Shirvans tend to be distinguished by a larger, more supple weave. They also leaned more to medallion designs, while Kubas relied more on allover patterns. Still, Shirvan rugs and Kubas constitute something of a contrast to the bolder more graphic quality of South Caucasian rugs like Kazaks and Karabaghs. Instead they are more finely detailed, relying on precise articulations of form as well as the effects of rich color.
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17 Rugs Found in Shirvan Rugs
This handsome antique Shirvan rug features a gorgeous field of deep blue, against which the tones of the tribal symbols thereupon contrast brilliantly.
Despite its relatively small size, this gorgeous antique Marasali Shirvan prayer rug is practically overflowing with traditional elements of design in a particularly comely composition.
Crafted in Shirvan, this stately antique Caucasian rug features a superb allover arabesque with a distinctive hexagonal form and graphic contrasting color palette.
This comely Shirvan carpet is characterized by a traditional color pallet as well as a myriad of conventionally Caucasian design elements.
This dazzling antique Caucasian Shirvan prayer rug showcases a dramatic blossom-style arabesque surrounded by formal guardbands and exquisite kufesque borders.
This charming antique Shirvan rug features bold tribal weaving with an allover geometric design. Abstracted flowers are
Decorative earth-tone stripes, fantastic border motifs and dainty S-hooks adorn this striped carpet from Shirvan, which represents a classic Caucasian rug type.
A classic Caucasian 'Afshan repeat' design unfolds across the field of this exceptional antique Shirvan.
Featuring the designs of a traditional Shirvan prayer rug, the geometric designs rest atop a gradient of blue and grey. Multicolored chevrons of firebrick and gamboge surround the central design of this immaculate creation.
Crafted in the late 19th century, this stunning antique Russian Shirvan runner features a graphic assortment of traditional patterns, textures and techniques.
This classic Memling-gul rug from Shirvan features a number of traditional and tribal motifs from the Caucasus.
This early 20th century antique Shirvan rug depicts an outstanding stacked-medallion composition embellished with a dazzling array of ancient protection symbols.
A chain of polygonal medallions stretches across this antique Shirvan runner rug. Enclosed by several
This stunning antique Shirvan rug from the Caucasus features a superb stacked medallion composition augmented with symbols that typify the local style.
This exciting antique Caucasian runner of Shirvan design is characterized by expertly wrought detail work, and an exciting treatment of color, from the stacked medallion field outward.
This runner-style carpet from Shirvan features a series of stacked lozenges with stepped borders book-ended by two Gubpa medallions in a classic shade of madder red.
Imbued with uniquely Kazak influences, this exceptional Shirvan rug features an unusual repeating pattern of notched medallions decorated with ancient protection symbols.
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