Dimensions: squarish format as in many Kazak rugs 107 cm x 118 cm
Pile: soft wool, symmetrical knot
Warps: ivory wool, Z2S
Wefts: red wool, Z2S, 2 shoots
Selvages: not original
Colors: madder red, corroded dark brown, light yellow-brown, ivory, blue-green, dark indigo blue.
Following Ralph Kaffel Caucasian Prayer Rugs page 26 He suggests that they are similar to crosses craved in medieval Armenian churches, and that it may well evolved from this tradition. He also notices: Of all Caucasian prayer rugs, Borchalo are the least Islamic in appearance containing many symbols related to the cross ...
Following other authors and experts:
This rug is somewhat unusual as it contains typical waterbug palmettes normally associated with rugs attributed to the Fachralo area.
Following some experts: Borchalo and Fachralo must be considered as trade names and likely have very little significance for provenance. The trade recognizes some rug designs by these names, but distinctions become much less clear when an example appears using elements of both
Following Ralph Kaffel Caucasian Prayer Rugs page 26: Borchalo prayer rugs differ so radically in color and design from their secular counterparts that one marvels that they come from the same area. Prayer rugs with the zigzag latchhhook design typical of secular Borchalo rugs are unknown .
Information and picture courtesy of Daniel DSD
I am not sure I agree with all of Daniel's conclusions but I do like the way he examined this rug. I will revisit this at some point and discuss where I differ. JBOC
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Thanks and best wishes,
J. Barry O'Connell Jr.
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