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I've attached pictures of a small rug (below) I've also had for awhile. I
have not been able to attribute it using my books and the internet. It is all wool and is thin and flexible, with a fairly tight knot.
The size is 4'3" x 2'11". I hand washed it recently and there was no color
run, and I think the dyes are vegetal, even the salmon pink. I hope you can give me some guidance as far as origin and value. Please show this to your colleagues! Aren't the boteh's Shirvan?
Thanks for your efforts!
Great quality images, and awesome research on the botehs! We love when readers do their research, obviously you have done so! For other readers, these are the design elements in the field of this rug, they appear similar to "paisley" design and more geometric in shape. Botehs are often interpreted by many, many weavers for a long time. Many Shirvan rugs will have this design element. However, similar design elements can also be seen in very old zuli sultan rugs to antique kerman rugs and even antique Sarouks... What we're getting at here is that it's tough to isolate one specific area can by a particular design. Design elements are eclectic, so it's important to take a look at the rug overall... The quality, the look, the finish, the colors, and of course the design too. Really awesome point and observation though, we're impressed!
To open up some discussion, we took a brief look at this particular piece and believe some suggestions may be... a Caesaria from Turkey, or an older Ardebil from Iran.... Selvages
point to both. This would be a good example for us to get feedback from others too! The overall
look of the rug and the colors appeal more to the Caesaria attribution. There are a couple of white knots which also are not
unusual to show up in older Caesaria rugs too. Age is probably in the vicinity of 35-55 years old. However, construction looks Iranian. I know you requested for other experts to get involved in discussion, so we're putting this into our blog with your permission to get the ball rolling!
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Editors: We'd be more than happy to help, please send some photographs
reverse side of the rug very close up with a quarter placed on the
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