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A peculiar Caucasian piece showing a winged monster attacking a reindeer (?).
The Soviet Russian invasion changed the situation. The working surrounding and atmosphere drastically changed. People were asked to forget about rural handicraft and were asked to work in strict organized workplaces. Naïve inspiration was replaced by industrial planning. The individuality of the rugs was taken over by a collective work, designed on paper, aiming for perfection and regularity, the Caucasian carpet became: all the opposite of what made the charm of the village production. They became stiff, rigid, almost lifeless.
The samples of the 19th century and very beginning of the 20th century are a valuable testimony of identity lost and days of yore.
Date: Around 1920
Period: 20th century
Medium: warp and weft: wool, pile: wool
Dimensions: 192.02 x 136.91 cm (75³/₅ x 53⁹/₁₀ inches)
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