Antique Caucasian Karabagh Runner Rug, Origin: Caucasus, Circa: Final Quarter of the 19th Century – This rich and impressive Caucasian Karabagh antique runner rug is a notable example of the enduring aesthetic appeal of tribal design. This traditional long and narrow composition is characterized by the distinct rectilinear quality of its detail work, as well as by its intriguing pallet: the background hue of the primary border as well as the field is black as pitch, while the detail work is actually especially bright, incorporating powder blues, soft pinks, and ephemeral greens. The primary border is framed by a matching pair of inner and outer borders, which are red and decorated with a traditional border of blossoming vine scrolls. The primary border, meanwhile, is characterized by the contrast between its black background color and the yellows and pinks of the geometric, floral detail work that runs throughout. The field is aesthetically similar, but featuring an especially comely display of geometric floral details. Traditional and unique, this antique rug is a compelling example.