ANTIQUE CAUCASIAN KURDISH BOTE RUG
CIRCA: THE END OF 19TH C.
ALL HAND SPUN WOOL AND VEGETABLE DYES.
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ANTIQUE VASE RUG
This particular rug was acquired by AB Farquhar in Istanbul (then the Constantinople) at the beginning of the 19th c.
He used the rug in his library until his passing in 1921. The rug was passed onto his daughter from whom I received it in Connecticut. It has an Arabic script on the border naming whom it was made for.
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This vase rug was woven in the 2nd half of 19th c. in the greater Mesopotamia region upon a request from Zeynel Abidin of Mardin, Turkey as a representation of the "tree of life", which gives good life and abundance to the beholder. The Zeynel Abidin family was very prominent that later on Jr. Z Abidin became the honorary consul of the Kingdom of Spain as well as being a very successful businessman in Turkey.
It was acquired by AB Farquhar during WWI in Istanbul after he fled Germany because of the war. AB Farquhar also had become a very successful businessman here in the States, thus, wrote the book "The First Million is the hardest."
Let me introduce myself first to those who don't know me. I was a naturally talented rug picker for Breket, a prominent wholesaler in Istanbul and was brought to the States as an expert on vegetable dyes and antique rugs by Woven Ledgent (another very unique rug producer and wholesaler).
I also helped Robb and Stucky in 1996-97 to set up their rug dept in Orlando.
After that, I had my own store in Annapolis, MD from 1997 to 2018. Where I sold many unique kilims and carpets from all over the Mesopotamian region and Central Asia. This business was a hobby for me and still is.