Beautiful Antique Caucasian Karabagh Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Caucasian Rugs, Circa Date: 1900 – The first things that draw your eye to this carpet are the brilliant colors and Oriental-style design. This carpet was produced in Karabagh around the year 1900. Karabagh is a region in the southern Caucasus mountains in a region that is mountainous and heavily forested. The weavers of this area produced distinctive designs using bold patterns and striking color combinations.
This Karabagh carpet features a vibrant red background, which contrasts with the light greys, light browns, and chocolate accents of the design. Larger florals splash across the carpet, many of them reflected as only a silhouette instead of a highly detailed design. This gives the carpet an abstract, impressionistic feel. This artist used a combination of heavy and light lines to accent the shapes. The carpet shows a high level of artistic talent and skill.
If you look closely, you can see traditional symbols tucked in among the bold floral patterns. This Caucasian carpet has a tribal appearance and does not appear to have been laid out on a pattern before the weaving began. The caret has no discernible repeat, and it appears as if the weaver drew on only the designs handed down through memory, placing them as she pleased.
The design appears to have areas where it is denser than in other areas. For instance, the design at one end has larger leaves and more densely packed areas of gray than the other end of the carpet. It is as if the weaver simply placed the patterns as it suited their fancy. Sometimes, these antique carpets are produced on a loom where the finished portion of the rug is rolled onto a bottom bar. The weaver cannot see what was done before. This creates variations in the design, particularly when the weaver is creating the design from memory.
These carpets take considerable time to produce, sometimes up to a year. This gives them a unique character that you cannot find in carpets that are produced in the formal weaving centers where a pattern is used. These carpets are like a painting produced by the hand of the individual artist. This makes them a unique and valuable piece of art for any collection.
This carpet has a formal character, but it also has a unique tribal feeling and reflects the design characteristics of the region. This would make a beautiful piece for a traditional room, or it could easily go in a Boho chic design due to its tribal character. The abstract nature of the design and vivid colors would also allow it to fit in a contemporary design, too. It almost has a mid-century modern feel in the execution of the floral motifs. This is a versatile piece that will make a distinctive statement in any design.