Soumak Rug, Caucasian, Late 19th Century – Sumak flat woven carpets like this are prized for the crisp, precise geometry of their design and their rich but delicate palette. The best-known Sumaks are those of the Caucasus. Those produced in Northern Persia like this are much rarer. Here the field consists of an unusual allover pattern of octagonal and diamond medallions framed by a hexagonal lattice of latch hook vines and serrated leafy fronds. The ‘dragon’ border recalls the Sumaks of the Caucasus, although it is rendered here in a distinctive, unusual way, with diamond forms interspersed among the ‘dragons.’ The use of contrasting but harmonious color nicely complements the complexity of the design.