Antique Caucasian Soumak Rug, The Caucasus, circa Turn of the Twentieth Century – Here is an exciting and truly remarkable antique Oriental rug – an antique Soumak rug that was woven in the Caucasus around the turn of the twentieth century. Featuring a highly representative Soumak composition, this fine carpet boasts a pleasing pallet as well as traditional detail work throughout. First, a series of four complementary borders surrounds the piece. The two outermost borders are shades of red with simple, repeating detail elements. The third border from the outside, meanwhile, is large, and colored a contrasting hue of yellow. This border is decorated with colorful vegetative elements, the red and blue leaves of which stand out beautifully. A narrower inner border of repeating symbols of red, yellow and blue comes before the field, which is full of surprises and exquisite weaving. Set against a field of red, a series of four large, stacked medallions dominate the inner portion of the carpet. These are beautifully woven and richly detailed, incorporating colors from the borders. Beautifully designed, this antique Soumak carpet is a compelling and intriguing example.