Antique Karajeh Rugs – High-quality rugs have been manufactured by artisans across the world for centuries. Because countries as far apart as Sweden and India each boast a long and proud history of rug-making, the task of categorizing antique rugs can be daunting. As such, experts in the field refer to antique rugs based upon the region in which they were constructed.
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Thus, “Persian Rug” is an umbrella term that is used to describe any rug made in historical Persia, or present day Iran. Such rugs are delineated from one another based on the unique characteristics of the region in which they were produced. For example, Karajeh rugs are from a very specific area.
Produced in the Karajeh, a small village near Tabriz these carpets are distinguished by their use of triple and allover medallions. Although the standard Heriz medallion is used, smaller Karajeh Persian rugs are ornamented with medallions from earlier tribal runners. Karajeh rugs use soft earth colors and use geometric patterns. Among the most appealing and intriguing styles of Persian rugs, Karajeh carpets represent a lovely development in the history of artisan rug weaving.
Nestled in the Azerbaijan region of Iran lies the quiet, rural village rug producing community of Karajeh. This mountain village is cradled by the slopes of Mount Abalan, creating serene beauty where time stands still. The tribes residing in this countryside village speak Turkish and are semi-nomadic like their ancestors before them who migrated from Asia. Karajeh culture and art center around the beautiful rugs woven by the native women. They are some of the highest quality rugs of the Heriz Persian rugs. Their vibrant patterns and distinct, three-medallion designs express and embody native traditions.
The aforementioned three central medallion motif is the core of Karajeh rug design. Down the center of the rug, a vertical column of intricate medallions pops makes these rugs impossible not to notice. Out of all Persian rugs, there is only one other type of carpet that mirrors this design. The rugs of the Turkoman region also draw on this motif. The most stunning aspect of Karajeh rugs is that, like a snowflake, each rug features a different medallion design. These intricate, unique medallions aren’t the only aspect that lends to these antique rugs‘ charisma. The women of Karajeh imagine the detailed patterns surrounding them, often coming up with original designs.
These patterns take traits from the patterns Heriz rugs / Serapi carpets of the 19th century and traditional Karajeh motifs. Nature is a common theme for the patterns surrounding the medallions. It preserves the elegance of the rug while the medallion gives it an artsy vibe. Although highly distinguished, Karajeh rugs aren’t outcasts within the Heriz rug category. In fact, they are very similar to other rugs of the region. From the weaving to the exceptional dyes used to make the rugs, Karajeh rugs are close cousins to their Heriz counterparts.
The most important feature of Karajeh rugs is their ability to withstand the test of time. These durable rugs are made strong to endure the wear and tear that a nomadic, traveling lifestyle brings. The foundation is in the fibers. Karajeh rugs make use of long-lasting materials woven into tight knots. Cotton and wool are two common textiles used to make these utilitarian rugs.
Another similarity that Karajeh rugs have to other Heriz rugs is the coloring. Reds and earthy tones dominate the rugs of the Heriz region and come together exceptionally in the Karajeh rugs. These color choices take influence from the Caucasus region. Karajeh rugs are in high demand. They are typically not huge rugs. Usually, they are found as runners or medium-sized carpets.
Drawing on influence from other regions, yet remaining exceptional and distinct, Karajeh rugs are created to honor the tribal nomadic origins of rug weaving traditions and showcase influence from the surrounding regions. Strong colors that calm down over time and the medallion motif make these rugs stand out from others in the Heriz region and rugs around the world.
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