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Antique Gendje runner

Circa 1880
335 × 107 cm 10’11” x 3’6”


A striking colourful antique Gendje runner from the Kazak area in the Caucasus, living in a private collection for over half a century it has been well looked after and is in good condition.  This rare long Caucasian runner has had minimal restoration mainly along the sides in places, which was done a long time ago. The exquisite colours are typical of brilliant pieces from this area, with a rich red, gorgeous yellows and  indigo blues.


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Gendje is an area surrounded by the regions of Kazak in the area of the Caucasus mountains.  A market point for weavings situated on the connecting road from Baku to Tiflis.  They were woven in great variety of designs reflecting the influence of the major weaving centres.  Woven in fine and coarse manner on foundations of wool and cotton, they vary considerably.  Gendjes were made in smaller rug form but frequently in this longer size too.  Often their weaves are very similar to Kazak rugs due to their close ties to the area and weavers moving along the caravan route from Baku to Tiflis, Georgia.  Like all antique Caucasus rugs from the mid to late 19th century, dyes were quite beautiful and have mellowed and faded to produce glorious colours today.

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