Shirvan - inv. 4528
This carpet is a typical “prayer rug”, a pattern probably of Anatolian origin. Recurrent in this type of carpets is the comb motif, which here recurs thirteen times and may be a symbol connected with rain.
The field of this carpet is decorated with stylized floral motifs, set in a hexagonal grid on an ivory-white ground. The main border is red and is decorated with motifs that are probably zoomorphic in origin.
This type of carpets was produced from the first half of the 19th century down to the early decades of the 20th century. This one has been attributed to the region of Shirvan, in East Central Caucasus, due to the structure of its weave. The three inscriptions, visible at the top right, do not provide a date but have yet to be reliably deciphered.