Antique Armenian Shusha Kazak (1880/1910) 225×180 cm

£2,295.00

The carpet is beautifully kept with some minor wear and tear. It is a masterpiece of Armenian weavers from the late 19th or the begging of the past century

The disputed Shusha rayon of Azerbaijan  is South Caucasus witnessed to a massacre of the Armenian population by the Azeri troops  in 1920. This baptismal rug predates this tragic event

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Kazak, late 19th/early 20th century, Shusha (Nagorno-Karabakh in the South Caucasus), the so-called ‘namazlyk’ – prayer rug – 225×180 cm This is a pre-1920 Azeri massacre of the Armenian population in Shusha, or possibly older. The ‘nazmalyk’ (prayer rug) is also referred to as a baptismal rug The hands (similar to ‘hands of Fatima on Kazaks from by Muslim weavers), a comb and and an oil vessel are all symbols of purity.

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