Antique Caucasian Karabagh Runner Rug, Origin: Caucasus, Circa Date: 1900 – Karabagh is situated in the southern portion of the Caucasus mountains near the border of what is now present-day Armenia and Azerbaijan. Karabagh does not refer to a specific tribe or ethnic group, but rather rugs from a specific region. This gorgeous piece has a vase design with abundant Flowers flowing over the top. Karabagh carpets have a unique artistic style that includes areas of solid color and other areas that utilized extensive shading to create a realistic, three-dimensional effect.
This gorgeous piece was created in the 1930s and is a classic example of work from the region. This rug has brilliant maroons and pinks throughout its design. It has an earthy feel with browns and rose pinks that highlight it’s a floral theme. At one time, Karabagh was one of the most prominent carpet producing regions of the world. Weaving was considered an essential skill, and many children began to craft as early as age 6. Each family was expected to produce at least one carpet per month.
This antique rug stands out for its background. The beautiful magenta color of the rug is the traditional color for the background. However, when they began producing these carpets for the western market, this magenta was thought to be too bright to be marketable. They began using a chemical process to darken the magenta into a dark brown. What is unique about this rug is that it has not been dyed to meet the demands of the western market and it retains its original color.
This is a wonderful piece of Karabagh region artistry that will make a beautiful addition to any collection because of its unique background color. It would be the perfect addition to a Boho chic room or a more formal setting. It would also be the perfect foundation for ultramodern furniture with simple geometric shapes and plenty of space underneath. It is versatile enough to suit any classical or modern decor.