Armenian Kaza – Circa 1880
According to renowned rug Scholar Ulrich Schurmann the earliest known existing rug, known as the Pazyryk, circa 500 B.C., was in all probability woven by ancestors of the Armenians, the Urartuans (the people of Ararat).Armenians are the earliest known weavers of oriental rugs. Ulrich Schurmann, a reknowned expert on oriental rugs, believes that the Pazyryk rug, the world’s oldest known rug (5th cent. B.C.), can be attributed to the late Urartians, or early Armenians, based on the rug’s structure, design, and motifs.
Hand woven in southern Caucasus by communities of women, Kazak rugs have long been associated with status and luxury. Marco Polo and Herodotus are among the many observers and historians who recognized the beauty of Armenian rugs. They noted the rugs’ vivid red color which was derived from a dye made from an insect called “ordan” (Arabic “kirmiz”), found in the Mount Ararat valley. The Armenian city of Artashat was famous for its “ordan” dye and was referred to as “the city of the color red” by the Arab historian Yaqut.
This rug is in “Mint condition” – wool on wool and natural dyes.
Contrasting colors of ivory, reds, and blue, with patterned medallions in centerpiece and a dragon border gives this rug a classic, iconic look.
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