This fine Afshan rug is from the Shirvan district in the Kuba region of the northern Caucasus. The term ‘Afshan’ refers to a particular design which is derived from Persian and Indian floral and arabesque sources of the 1600s and 1700s, rather than a group of people or a geographical area. The Afshan pattern was a favourite of workshop weavers in the northern Caucasus in the 1700s, when carpets of this size were probably made on commission for palaces and other wealthy households.
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