Kazak Prayer Rug
Estimated Age: dated 1287 (1870)
Size: 5ft. 10in. by 3ft. 11in. (1.78 by 1.19m.)
Source: Sotheby’s (auction)
Sold for $1,250 on December 7, 2010, far below its estimate of $5,000-7,000
Antique Rug Description
The attractiveness of this rug rests in its simplicity of design and color harmony. The simple, repetitive design allows the to eye effortlessly enjoy the rug’s pleasant composition. Dark blue and red dominate the color palette, with highlights of gold and green. There is also purple within the “qoşabuyunuz”, ram-horn pairs, on the white border. Purple is extremely rare in Caucasian rugs. Two opposing water pitchers grace the solid red field, reminders of the simplicity of village life.
The year of the rug’s weaving is inscribed just below the mihrab at the top of the field, the niche that indicates the direction of prayer. In Arabic, the dates read 1287 in the Islamic Hijri calendar which corresponds to 1870 in the Gregorian calendar.