Caucasian 19th Century Rug (Talish) – collection of Anthony J Sargeant

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Laid out on a tarpaulin this rug is about to be washed. Bought at auction many years ago it has been rolled up awaiting washing and restoration. So a few sunny days forecast for Shropshire (UK) and so the opportunity to do a total immersion washing in a shallow bath fabricated from the tarpaulin support around the edges with wood poles – the shallow tank is shown in the following image.

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Anthony Sargeant bought this curious old chinese rug in auction in The Netherlands

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An old pictorial chinese rug.

An old pictorial chinese rug.

Tony Sargeant is not sure what this rug is or its date – the central panel seems to be a bridge from ‘The Willow Pattern’  Any suggestions on date or origin would be appreciated. It is in excellent condition except for one very small area of moth damage in the top medallion. The photographs below show details of the central medallion and the back with a white stencilled inventory number.

Old Chinese pictorial rug central medallion (detail)

White stencilled inventory number for Z ...(Dutch dealer?)

White stencilled inventory number for Z …(Dutch dealer?)

This is really interesting and unusual – any help in establishing date and precise origin would be greatly appreciated. The overall field is charming and the wool pile is in excellent lustrous soft condition with the exception of a very small area of moth damage to the central medallion field.