An antique Lesghi runner measuring 265 × 121 cm (8′ 8″ × 3′ 11″) knotted in the 19th century by the Lesghi populations who live in terraced villages in northwestern Dagestan. Five small octagons inscribed in a cross-shaped grid are at the center of the typical eight-pointed stars and four diagonal arrows. Madder and cochineal red alternate with a warm yellow on a captivating blue background, filler motifs such as rosettes, “S” shapes and stylized animals surround five and a half stars. The main Kufic border has a green background and two secondary borders decorated with eight-petalled corollas, flanked by lying “Z” frames. At times the black is corroded with a nice relief effect. Absolutely charming, it’s one of those rugs that creates ambiance in areas of the house that otherwise wouldn’t have any!