Antique Caucasian Chi Chi Rug
Antique Caucasian Chi Chi Rug – Every Wednesday, The Nazmiyal Collection features one spectacular example of a hand-made vintage or antique rug from its vast catalog. We select each rug based on its aesthetic beauty, conceptual merit, and history.
This week’s Wednesday Wish-list post highlights a radiant green Caucasian Chi Chi rug which dates back to the late nineteenth century. Chi Chi, which is a region in the Caucuses located in modern day Daghestan, is famous for its production of this type of intricate, tightly hand woven rug, known for its use of symbolic rug design patterns and motifs.
The rug weavers responsible for making these unique works of art chose each included detail for its symbolic meaning. For example, the field of this antique rug is populated with the commonly seen Caucasian “wheel of life” symbol, which is meant to depict the sun and running water. For Caucasian tribes people, this symbol has long represented the progression and flow of life, and the idea that life exists as a natural cycle. These crenelated symbols are also considered signs of protection against harm.
The geometric floral patterning on the border of this rug contains symbols that are similarly auspicious. Plants and flowers were often used to represent fertility and growth among Caucasian rug weavers, and the rhythmic repetition of the floral design contained in the inner border of this piece reinforces the strength of the rug’s symbolic meaning.
Perhaps the most spectacular detail of this particular Chi Chi rug is its extraordinary color. Caucasian rugs are often seen composed in warmer palettes, using colors like red, orange, and muted neutrals, but this rug is a wonderfully bright shade of emerald. While warmer, more common Chi Chi colors are utilized within the details of the rug’s motifs, the cool, almost sea foam green of the rug’s ground evokes a sense of calm and tranquility, which makes it an incredibly adaptive piece for use in modern interiors.