Antique Caucasian Soumak Rug 48470
Antique Soumak Rug, Country Of Origin / Rug Type: Caucasian Rugs, Circa Date: Early 20th Century — This beautiful rug contains four central diamond-shaped medallions extending down the mid-line. The are set against a red field which perhaps contains a suggestion of abrash. The complex medallions each contain an inner medallion which in turn carries a rectangle bearing a unique geometric design. Other intricate geometric shapes populate the surrounding field. The central medallion column balances on the peak of a triangle; six smaller irregularly shaped medallions appear between every two central medallions. Two generally triangularly shaped patterns with partially jagged surfaces jut from the border opposite one another just at the base of the topmost medallion. The designs appear in vivid blue, tan, beige, cream, green and blue hues. The rug also possesses a thick dark-brown border decorated with unique medallions offset by opposing riyu symbols in a unifying array of colors used elsewhere in the piece. Two narrow cream colored guard borders surround the border on either side, bearing a chain pattern of symbols in dark brown and red. Soumak rugs possess a flat weave. They come from across a wide area of the Caucasus Mountains and in the past were associated primarily with the Shahsavan tribal people of far West Central Iran.