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Antique Caucasian Rugs - Antique Caucasian rugs and carpets are among the finest of all antique rugs. Renowned for their incredible tribal characteristics, these rugs and carpets are sought after by collectors the world over. These unique creations boast an impressive degree of cultural verisimilitude; their authenticity practically jumps from the surface of their unique and exciting geometric compositions.

Below, find a useful assortment of articles concerning antique Caucasian rugs and carpets.

1. Antique Caucasian Eagle Kazak Rugs and Carpets

Antique Caucasian Eagle Kazak Rugs

Chelaberd rugs (known also as Eagle Kazaks) originate from the southeast Caucasus. Rugs from this region woven in the 19th century were almost always hand-made and naturally dyed by village and nomadic weavers. By the early 20th century, the dyes used became artificial and the weaving process was mechanized, and the original hand-made art almost died out. These rugs get their name from the medallions in their centers, which bare some resemblance to the Russian double-headed eagle and are referred to as the “Eagle design”. [Read More: Antique Caucasian Eagle Kazak]


2. Antique Kaitag Embroideries from the Caucasus

Antique Kaitag Embroideries
These textiles originate from the Daghestan region of the Caucasus. The people who would weave and embroider these textiles were known as the Kaitags, a multi-ethnic group residing in the mountains. Antique Kaitag embroideries were primarily woven by women in the 17th and 18th centuries. This unique style of embroidery was completely stamped out as a result of the censorship put in place by Soviet rule. Surviving Kaitag textiles still exist, but are now extremely rare. [Read More: Antique Kaitag Embroideries]


3. Kuba Weavings and Tribal Rugs from the Caucasus

Kuba Weavings and Tribal Caucasian Rugs

Kuba is a region in the eastern Caucasus between Shirvan and Daghestan. Kuba may very well have the longest weaving history in the Caucasus, and the rug-making culture there continues to draw many tourists today. Kubas are often heavy with floral motifs, though they sometimes display dragon and geometric motifs. [Read More: Kuba Weavings and Tribal Rugs]


4. Caucasian Konaghend Rugs and Carpets

Caucasian Konaghend Rugs

Most Konaghend rugs were woven in the nineteenth century by village rug-makers. They often are geometric in design and feature a large amount of arabesque tendrils. The borders are usually made out of a stylized form of Kufic script. The designs often draw their inspirations from the much older Timurid carpets of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, of which almost no original works survive. [Read More: Caucasian Konaghend Rugs]


5. Collezione di Antichi Tappeti Caucasici

Antique Tappeti Caucasici

Il nome dei tappeti caucasici deriva della regione in cui sono fatti il Caucaso. Il Caucaso è una regione che produce tappeti caratteristici del diciotessimo secolo, e gli antichi tappeti caucasici erano prodotti principalmente per uso nei villaggi e paesi, non come tappeti complicati ed intricati prodotti nelle grandi città. [Leggi di più: Collezione di Antichi Tappeti Caucasici]


6. Survey on Antique 18th Century Caucasian Karabagh Rug

Survey on Antique 18th Century Caucasian Karabagh Rug

Originally thought to be from the Kuba region, it is now known that these rugs originate from the Karabagh region, specifically from the capital of Shusha. They were created in the 18th century in large urban workshops capable of handling the heavy demand that existed for these rugs. They often featured stylized dragon motifs and palmettes. [Read More: Survey on Antique 18th Century Caucasian Karabagh Rug]


7. Antique Kaitag Embroidery Silk Azerbaijan Textile 47367

Antique Kaitag Embroidery Silk Azerbaijan Textile Nazmiyal

Kaitag embroideries are exceptionally rare and feature unique designs worthy of appraisal. They are not carpets but rather embroidered textiles, though their designs are often similar to those of the rugs of the region. It is not clear whether the carpet designs influenced the Kaitag embroiderers, or vice versa. Here is a close study of one of the Kaitag embroideries in the Nazmiyal collection. [Read More: Antique Kaitag Embroidery Silk Azerbaijan Textile]