1. Renowned for their dramatic colours and geometric designs Caucasian rugs were woven primarily on wool foundations and were designed for indigenous use, the product of a centuries-old nomadic weaving tradition in the mountains of the Caucasus, between the Black and Caspian Seas.
2. They are found in small size area rugs and as runners.
Dominated at various period by the Turks, Persian and Russians, this region was inhabited by people including Kurds, Armenians and Azerbeijani Turks, complicating the attribution of specific provenances to Caucasian rugs' various types.
Kazaks are paramoount among the coarsely woven medium to high-pile weatern Caucasian wavings. Crafted by Armenians, Azeri Turks and Kurds (not by a fictitious kazak tribe), they exhibit simple, large-scale patterns with medallions in contrasting colours.
Kazak's numerous subtypes include Star Kazaks, Pinwheels Kazaks, and Borchalu Kazaks, Karabaghs, another prominent western caucasian group, display patterns ranging from boldy geometric to finer floral persian and Savonnerie - inspired.
From the eastern Caucasus come more finely knotted rugs with short to medium pile and smaller intricate repeats. Kubas feature shades of blue and salmon red and patterns including Chi Chis with repeats arranged in rows and Perpedils exhibiting "rams's horn" designs. Best known among the finely woven Shirvans are Lesghi Star and Akstafas.
Nineteeth- century Caucasians are among the most prized of rug types. Their limited supply has triggered production of new pieces in a range of qualities in countries including China, Armenia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Those with high-quality wool, weave, colour and vegetables dyes rival in beauty with their older counterparts.
Tapis Rugs we carry a wide range of Caucasian runners and area rugs available in our showroom.