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This is an AMAZING, finely woven Armenian Marasali pictorial rug circa 1850s with a beautiful maiden holding an instrument. It was difficult to figure out what instrument it was. Originally I thought Kanoun. Someone mentioned Saz. Even a Dumbelek. But my wife who is a musician finally solved the puzzle. It is an Armenian version of a Lyre or “Knar”.

This rug also dispels the myth that only Muslims wove Marasali rugs. Many Armenians lived in the East Caucasus and they wove many rugs including Marasalis.

Armenian “Knar” Marasali