Breathtaking Collectible Rare Antique 17th Century Caucasian Karabagh Rug, Country Of Weaving Origin: Caucasus, Circa Date: 17th Century – The breathtaking piece is a rare collectible for both its age and state of preservation. This antique dates from the 17th century in the Karabagh region of the Caucasus mountains. The rug gives us a rare glimpse into history before western eyes were laid on these masterpieces.
Karabagh refers to a region, rather than a specific town. It is located in the Southern portion of the Caucasus mountains near what is now Armenia and Azerbaijan. Rugs from this region are known for the variety of designs and beautiful color combinations.
Karabagh has been populated by Caucasian tribes since the 2nd century BC. Its lush, green highlands and lowlands have been conquered many times by different peoples. At the time when this carpet was created, Karabagh was in the hands of a number of states including the Abbasids, Armenians, Mongolians, and Persians.
Many of the classic designs that are well-known as traditional motifs in Persian rugs can be found in this piece. You can see variations of the cross, boteh, and acanthus leaf. Many of these symbols appear in a primitive form that would later become more complex over the years. The many different cultures that both passed through the area and that occupied it and fought over it, brought their rug designs with them. The result was a rich repertoire that still inspires weavers today.
These rugs were woven in small shops or individual homes, using traditions that seem to have arisen in the 13th century in the region. The rugs were important symbols of wealth and the rug weaving traditions were passed down orally through song and poetry. Rug weaving was the main vocation for girls and women.
One of the most remarkable qualities of this rug is that its colors have remained vibrant for close to five centuries. This rug shows the technical skill that the weavers and dyers had during that time. This is a valuable piece from a historical perspective and for its primitive beauty.
At the time when this rug was woven, it would be almost 200 years before western eyes would see these beautiful pieces. They would not be accessible to westerners until a railway was built through the Caucasus Mountains in the late 1800s. The rug represents the tribal heritage of the people of the area before western influence.
This is an exceptionally rare find and one that does not appear often on the market. It would be an excellent addition to any collection, or for public display.