Azeri Shadda

Circa 1900
Central Caucasus
225 cm x 177
7'4" x 5'9"

A finely woven wool flat-weave from the Azeri tribe in the southern Caucasus, distinguished by a tartan-like composition of polychrome vertical bands alternated to lozenges. This type of effect is achieved through a complex plain weave technique which is characteristic of the so-called Shadda. These were employed as covers or hangings as they are typically in excellent condition, and are often found (like in this example) with rings tied to the back, indicating its use as a tapestry.

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