Very rare and antique Armenian KOUBA carpet... - Lot 109 - FEE - Stanislas Machoïr

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Very rare and antique Armenian KOUBA carpet... - Lot 109 - FEE - Stanislas Machoïr
Very rare and antique Armenian KOUBA carpet (Caucasus-Armenia), late 17th century, early 18th century Dimensions: 267 x 183cm. Technical characteristics : wool velvet on wool foundation. A brick red field dotted with flowers and small animals hosts in its center three medallions and a half, representing a stylized eagle (Kazak Adler) (the poetry of the flight of the eagle) with ivory stems and cruciform body with multicolored vegetation, as well as ivory dragons, chestnut, old gold, marine and brick, in opposition, "spitting fire" enclosing an octagonal medallion crimson, with vegetal corollas. (Some experts see stylized multicolored floral bulbs geometrically crenellated with a thousand legs in the form of stylized scolopendras). This central axis is flanked by two rows of flamboyant polychrome floral entomological forms. The ivory border is decorated with a garland of archaic flowers and highlighted by two navy counter-borders with a series of small crosses and two-tone ribbons old gold / ruby. Rare and beautiful examples of carpets "To the Armenian dragons" of the seventeenth century, among the oldest that has reached us. The design is a precursor of some Caucasian carpets of the late nineteenth century, which demonstrates the superiority of Armenian know-how in the art of carpet weaving, a know-how that dates back to the ancient time of the proto-Armenian kingdom of Ourartou (ninth-sixth century BC), where the famous carpet of "Pazyryk" may have come from. (Oxidation and natural wear, scuffing) Museum piece. "This carpet was exhibited at the National Gallery of Armenia in November 2013, an exhibition dedicated to the 22nd anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Armenia."
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