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Old October 24th, 2016, 04:39 PM   #6
Filiberto Boncompagni
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cyprus
Posts: 92

Hi Jeff,

Correction! I wrote "because I think it's an almost exact reproduction of a specific rug I think I saw in Kaffell’s book on Caucasian prayer rugs (cannot check now, I am not at home)".
I am back home and I checked. No, it isn’t on Kaffel’s book. But I remembered having seen this rug quite clearly in one of my books. Perhaps in Bannett’s & Bassoul “”Tapis du Caucase – Rugs of the Caucasus”?
Nope. No, yes…well, almost.
Your rug:

Item #99 of the above mentioned book, “DAGESTAN PRAYER RUG”


Field of the first, border of the second. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Of course, I am not sure; your rug could have been copied from an antique Daghestan prayer rug that was just like this.
Nevertheless, if it the two illustrations were an inspiration for the design of the new rug, the result is good. Could it be considered a reproduction?
So is it a reproduction? To me this would imply that it is a PRECISE copy of something already existing, but I have no evidence that is the case either.
Well, if there were around dozens of PRECISE copies of your new rug, I would call it a reproduction.
But I don’t know, and you don’t know… and it is a nice rug, so ultimately I wouldn’t care.


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