Collection of Antique Caucasian Karakashly Rugs
Karakashly Rugs (or Karagashli) epitomize the handsome style of Caucasian carpets from eastern villages along the Caspian Sea. Located just 40 kilometers from Kuba, the village of Karakashly is often lumped into the Kuba rug group. Although these pieces are similar to the border-heavy carpets of Kuba, Karagashli rugs have many unique features and designs.
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The village of Karakashly is located near the northern edge of Azerbaijan, not far from Derbent and Russian Dagestan. Historically, this area was part of the Persian Khanate of Kuba, and it has an inextricable link to the name. These handsome, richly colored rugs feature saturated reds and deep blues juxtaposed against bright white accents. Although there are exceptions, Karagashli rugs favor grand allover designs with floating Harshang blossoms and many small-scale medallions. Lozenges and geometric tiles are also featured prominently in the field of Karagashli rugs as are distinctive quatrefoil polygons with notched indentations.
The open spacing of these multi-medallion blossoms lends itself well to Afshan patterns, which are often associated with carpets from Kuba. Afshan designs featured in Karagashli rugs use lavish floral motifs paired with bifurcated calyces that have an unmistakable rectilinear appearance. Serrated leaf and wine-cup motifs, barber pole stripes and kufesque figures frequently appear in Karagashli borders. These archetypal motifs enhance the decorative value of these masculine, stately antique carpets, which have a superb blend of Safavid, Caucasian and Lesgi influences.
Karakashly rugs have a tribal feel that makes them perfect for a Boho Chic or tribal-themed room. They often feature borders in rich, saturated colors, which gives them an organic feel. The rug designs use symmetry to give them balance and add a harmonious look that carries throughout the space. You can find them in a wide variety of formats, including runner rugs and room-sized rugs. You can also find smaller rugs that are perfect for a colorful accent.
Tribal rugs are finding their way into a range of traditional and contemporary décor styles, making them one of the most versatile rug types that complement any room decor or style. Karakashly rugs make an excellent foundation for an inspired room design that features earthy colors, plenty of plant material, and color distributed throughout the space. You can also use them in a formal design to add a touch of color and casual flavor.
Karakashly rugs are a perfect accompaniment for a few Moroccan poufs, textured throw pillows, and tribal-inspired pieces throughout the space. They add color to a room with a neutral sofa and furniture. These rugs also make a perfect addition to retro-inspired furniture with plenty of open space underneath. They are versatile and can be used in any room of the home. Regardless of where you decide to use them, Karakashly rugs make a beautiful addition to any home or office.
Nazmiyal Gallery has a fine collection of Karakashly rugs, and we encourage you to look around and browse our collection. If you have any questions about a piece or would like to make a purchase, you can contact our team of professionals, and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
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