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Antique Chi-Chi rug

Circa 1880
175 × 109 cm 5’8” x 3’6”


A remarkable fine antique Chi Chi rug, bursting with colour and crisp geometric design.  Exquisite varying blues, changing colour and greens with rich yellows and green.  Well proportioned design and though-out by the weaver over 140 years ago.  The weave is fine and pile height medium high all over.  Both fringes have been professionally rewoven around 3-4cm, which has been done expertly and does not detract from the rugs value and rarity.  The sheer brightness and sharp colour and design is what made us excited about adding this exceptional piece to our inventory.

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Chi Chi rugs were woven south of Kuba in Azerbaijan, which is modern day Daghestan.  These weavers were famous for producing fine, tribal geometric rugs full of vivid colour. The main field design is comprised of stylised floral motifs in geometric form, nearly always represented in rows.  The geometric floral design in the border of this rug contains symbols that are derived from plants and flowers.  These were important to the people of Chi-Chi as they signified fertility and growth among the weavers.

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