Antique Caucasian Karabagh Rug, Origin: Caucasus, Circa: Late 19th Century – Here is a beautifully woven and exciting antique rug – an antique Karabagh carpet, woven in the Caucasus toward the end of the nineteenth century. Characterized by an exceptional composition that is beautifully representative of the antique Karabagh style, this antique Caucasian rug is a comely example that also communicates a great deal about its origins. Among the great genres of antique Caucasian village rugs, Karabaghs are the ones that most often reflect the influence of Persian carpets from further south, as this splendid example does. Here a diamond red-ground medallion with a feathered contour floats within a hexagonal blue field defined by triangular spandrels and zig-zag edging. In the manner of Persian village rugs like Bidjars or Malayers, a consistent Persian Herati pattern repeats across the entire surface, with the various sections distinguished from one another only by outlines and changes in ground color. A lovely ‘turtle’ vinescroll border frames the field. Its red ground color enables it to merge visually with the spandrels to provide a strong visual frame for the overall composition of this antique rug.