Antique Caucasian Shirvan Rug, Caucasus– This exceptional antique Caucasian Shirvan rug displays an exquisite collection of traditional Caucasian designs arranged in a formal border-oriented composition. Serrated crimson-outlined fronds crisscross the saturated ultramarine field creating a classical latticework pattern. Angular shrubs with lozenge-shaped flowers fill each honeycomb cell while adding complementary ivory accents that flatter the handsome triad of ochre, crimson and ultramarine, which has an undeniably regal appearance. The distinguished blue ground and latticework design are surrounded by multiple sets of graphic borders and ropy barber pole stripes. Ivory main borders filled with colorful crab motifs meander around the perimeter along with fantastic basket-weave stripes that display bright reds, clear blues and subtle chartreuse greens. Powerful symbolic devices, including lozenges, cruciform symbols and quincunx motifs, are skillfully placed among the handsome floral decorations, giving them an archetypal Shirvan appearance.