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Fachralo Kazak prayer rug Dana Pollard
 
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antique FACHRALO KAZAK prayer rug 1880
Item # 2519984459

Offered here is an outstanding antique Fachralo Kazak Prayer rug. Size 78" x 56". This was recently acquired from a California estate. In classic prayer design for this type of rug. I have posted the date at 1880, and though I am by no means an expert in this field, I feel the rug may be a bit earlier, possibly circa 1850. Natural wool warp and red dyed weft. Features a blue/green prayer medallion on a brick red field, with an ivory main border. A dark blue, tan, and brown complete the palette. Overall condition is great. Has a patch in upper right main border, (well shown in the photo). Dog eared lower right corner. Retains kelim strip at top,(folded over). Some loss to bottom guard border. Even wear, thin in a few spots. No color bleed, and has not been painted or colored in any way. The rug is much more in square than seems from my photo which was taken at a slight angle. As I previously stated this is an estate piece, and is a private sale. I am not a professional oriental rug dealer though I do buy and sell them fairly regularly as a general Antiques dealer. This is a rare early prayer rug, and would make a great addition for the collector of Caucasian rugs.

JBOC Note: The Pollard rug is a classic Fachralo Kazak style prayer rug. The small diamond motifs in the central medallion is an attractive feature. Fachralo or as it appears on newer maps Fachraly, is on the Azerbaijan border at the mouth of a huge valley that extends deep into the lesser Caucasus Mountains of Northern Armenia. Fachraly was a market center for all those Armenian towns that line that alley. As such the name Fachraly refers to rugs from a large area of Northern Armenia. Take a look at the freshness of the back. This would have had to have been a wall hanger.

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