Antique Caucasian Tribal Rug, Caucasus, Circa 1920 — This antique Caucasian rug is a sophisticated piece steeped in history and culture. A crenellated fence motif borders the rug, deceptive simplicity swiftly giving way to the breathtaking intricacy. The crenellated frame cedes to an inner border decorated with the traditional ram’s horn patterns. Used to denote strength, the ram’s horn also served as a symbol of protection. A second crenellated fence joins the ram’s horn border to a striking pattern of birds, gazelles, and flora, in effect creating a circle of protection. Three eight-pointed stars – cultural symbols of mankind’s wisdom – dominate the rug, the crowning beauty of the piece’s fascinating tribal motif.