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Kurdish long rug, west Persia, late 19th century, 13ft. 11in. x 5ft. 7in. Lot 179, Austrian Auction Company, 19th November, estimate: € 4.000 – 6.000. This interesting rug seems to have a design little known in pile rugs and echoes those seen on mafrash panels and sumakh bags. Although it is attributed to Kurdish tribes around Karaja in northern Iran, a n area with Azeri, Shahsavan and Talish populations. The addition of two prayer arches either end of the field mark this out as being a more interesting weaving deserving of collector interest.

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