This piece is a glorious example of an early Karabagh folk piece woven for the creator's own use. The wool is lush and velvetlike to the touch. The colors, typical of the area during this period, are rich and varied. The design motif is a Tree of Life, an important ancestral symbol is most Eastern religions, including the ancient Zoroastrian and Armenian religions.

When I purchased this piece at a Sotheby's, New York auction, it was in a very distressed condition. Several parts of the foundation had rotted, leaving warp threads hanging loose and cotton weft broken. Sarkis Tabakian and his wife Yohar, Los Angelas-based restorers (and magicians in this case), carefully and meticulously replaced the foundation and reknotted the damaged areas.

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