(Dragon Sileh)

Caucasus, c1885


Rare Caucasian Sumac Dragon Sileh


A sought after form of rug, the flatweave Caucasian Soumak having a 4 rows of large rectilinear

 indigo and white Z’s (S’s), filled wit small polychrome Z’s (S’s), on a red geometric field, within a reciprocal

diamond outer border; wool on wool foundation with all vegetal dyes, original endings and fringe. The Z (or S)

form is sometimes known as a sileh, and said to be derived from dragons on much earlier knotted rugs.


Condition: Good to excellent; original endings and fringes; minimal neat repair

Note: An identical rug sold Christie’s East, for 15,400.00; see Oriental Rugs, Ware, 1992,

center color plate and p. 191


Approximately 7’ x 9’






Rare Caucasian Dragon Sileh detail


rare caucasian sumac detail2.


Also See :


Rare Caucasian Verneh Sumack Carpet, c1880




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Rare Caucasian Dragon Sileh Carpet, 19th Century