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Old May 14th, 2019, 03:48 AM   #21
Alex Wolfson
Join Date: Oct 2009
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Hello Andrew,
That looks to be an example of pre-Russian period main carpet. Notice the absence of an inner guard border, which is a pretty reliable indicator of earlier pieces. Variations in the minor gul - both in size and shape - also seem also to appear more frequently on earlier Tekke (and Ersari group) rugs, becoming more standardised in the second half of the nineteenth century.
I hadn't noted before that this might occur more frequently in the second row, so this could be an interesting area for further research.
Congratulations on a good find!
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