Beautiful Tribal and Primitive Antique Caucasian Borchalou Kazak Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Caucasian Rugs, Circa Date: 1870’s – One look at the gorgeous colors and patterns of this Kazak rug from the 1870s, and it is apparent why they are so prized by collectors and designers alike. This Caucasian carpet is a rare find from Borchalou, which is a city located in what is now Georgia. It is said that the tribe was once in the Hamadan area and that there was a split. The tribe then moved to their current area. Their rugs show a distinctive Kazak tradition, but they have a unique look and feel that distinguishes them from other Kazak rugs.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of Borchalou rugs is the complexity of the design. This rug uses a Kazak design element that is commonly found in other areas, but the treatment of the design is unique. The symbol is in the form of a diamond outlined by several “legs” in the form of hooks. This symbol is referred to as the scorpion and is supposed to be a protective symbol against danger. Diamonds are for protection against the “evil eye” or curses. Thee allegorical representations connect the rug to the traditions of the people, their beliefs, and their world.
Borchalou rugs have layers of vibrant colors and often have a separate framed area inside a wider band of design. The system of borders in this style of tribal rug is complex and suggests a highly developed level of artistic skill. Many of them were not laid out on a formal pattern and were created from the memory of the weaver. This makes them a unique piece of self-expression that is based on tribal traditions.
The end result of this masterful approach to design passed down through centuries of tradition is a vibrant piece that will be the perfect touch for a contemporary room design. This rug has a primitive quality and playful colors that would be the perfect complement to Boho chic décor. The rug has an eclectic, global character and a geometric design that would also complement an ultra-modern or contemporary room, too. This antique rug is versatile and will give any room a tribal character and connection to a people living close to the earth.