Caucasian Rugs

The Caucasian rugs get their name from the area in which they were made – the Caucasus. The Caucasus is a region that produces distinctive rugs since the dawn of civilization and in quantities from the 19th Century. The antique Caucasian rugs are primarily produced as village and tribal pieces rather than the fine and intricate city productions. At one time it was assumed that all of the rugs in the Caucasus were woven by “Tribal” or “Nomadic” weavers. That if one bought a Lezgi Star Rug it was woven by a Lezgi weaver. Some even saw Schurmann’s classic Caucasian Carpets as a guide to the tribes of the Caucasus. Then a reversal came and it was suggested that virtually all Caucasian rugs were commercial and the patterns came from Russian Government (first Czarist then Communist) Kustar pattern books. In the 1820s the Czarist Russians divided Transcaucasia into the Russian provinces of Baku, Derbent, Sheki, Karabagh, Shirvan, Talysh, and Kuba. Riad: Caucasus. The Russians divided the region in the manner that was easiest for them to administrate and it did not necessarily follow an ethnographic approach in the division. The Czarist Russians began to solidify their hold as early as 1805 – 1820 but they did not truly control the region for many years. With the capture of the great rebel religious leader Shamyl in 1859 and the end of the rebellion in 1864 did Czarist control truly solidify regional control. In 1865 to eliminate risk of future rebellion the Russians forced 1.2 million Caucasians to move to Turkey. It is strongly suspected that areas such as Ngorno-Karabakh which were historically Muslim were depopulated and then repopulated with Armenians. As Christians, the Armenians had an easier time with the Orthodox Christian Russians.

The word Kazak probably derives from the Russian for Cossack – originally Christian Russian and Ukrainian serfs who fled from feudal landlords, and were known as vicious warriors. The rugs from the Caucasus are primarily made of materials that are (or were) particular to their tribal provinces and some of the styles that are “typical” or better known to the Caucasus region are Shriven, Dagestan, Kuba, Kazak rugs. Most older Caucasian antique tribal carpets are “all wool” – not only the knotted pile, but the warp and weft threads are usually made from hand-spun woolen yarn or goat hair. However, one can sometimes find older antique carpets (and, more frequently, in some newer examples) with cotton warps and wefts. Shriven region Oriental Rugs are noted for their wool wrap threads, but are made with cotton weft threads and selvedges. Caucasian Rugs are probably the most widely collected type of antique rugs. The strongest market for Caucasian rugs has to be Italy who appreciates these rugs for their tribal and primitive designs complimenting the classical architecture and historic buildings. The colors of the best antique (100 years old or greater) Caucasian carpets were produced exclusively from natural materials found in the respective tribal regions, with the deep greens, vibrant yellows, and deep rose tones being the most precious. The distinguishing aspect of the Caucasian carpet is its emphasis on rich and varied color. The number and colors of selvedges often can be an identifier to the area of origin. The designs and colors of antique Caucasian rugs are unique for two reasons: tradition – more deeply rooted in Asia than anywhere else, and the inherent geographic isolation. Visual balance is achieved by contrasting wildly different colors, rather than the more traditional approach of shading similar hues. While Caucasian rugs tend to feature floral designs, their depiction is usually highly stylized, abstract, and geometric. One can see the evolution of tribal rug weaving in the history of antique Caucasian carpets. All the expected motifs are present, including dragons, flowers, birds, crabs, and other animals. In later centuries, a Russian influence became more pronounced. Virtually every Caucasian rug is crafted using the symmetry of the Turkish knot.

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  • Kuba Soumak Rug Santa Barbara Design Center, Rugs and More

    Kuba Soumak Rug

    An exquisite Kuba Soumak Rug rug was considered the best rugs of the Caucasus in their heyday. Antique Kuba Rug include famous chi-chi prayer rugs, large-scale blossom patterns and richly colored rugs decorated with a series of radiant medallions. This Antique Kuba Rug is beautifully and richly colored, and they combine cryptic Caucasian symbols with exceptionally decorative motifs.

    8’2×11

    #32828
  • Antique Kuba Rug Santa Barbara Design Center, Rugs and More 32821

    Kuba Rug

    Sale! $44,600.00 $22,300.00

    An exquisite Kuba rug was considered the best rugs of the Caucasus in their heyday. Antique Kuba Rug include famous chi-chi prayer rugs, large-scale blossom patterns and richly colored rugs decorated with a series of radiant medallions. This Antique Kuba Rug is beautifully and richly colored, and they combine cryptic Caucasian symbols with exceptionally decorative motifs.

    7’5×9’5

    #32821
  • Ziegler & Co. Kazak Santa Barbara Design Center 46829 .

    Ziegler & Co. Kazak

    Sale! $35,984.00 $7,196.00

    Fine Ziegler & Co. Kazak Rug is made in the Kazak area and are found to be outstanding and captivating with their fine intricate patterns and glossy wool. The beauty of these carpets are found in their geometrical and creative patterns, often sprinkled with animal designs and curvy vines. The natural colors are always clear and vibrant which makes for sought after reputation.

    8’2×10

    #46829
  • Ziegler & Co. Caucasian Kazak Santa Barbara Design Center 32725

    Ziegler & Co. Caucasian Kazak

    Sale! $50,210.00 $25,200.00

    Fine Ziegler & Co. Caucasian Kazak Rug is made in the Kazak area and are found to be outstanding and captivating with their fine intricate patterns and glossy wool. The beauty of these carpets are found in their geometrical and creative patterns, often sprinkled with animal designs and curvy vines. The natural colors are always clear and vibrant which makes for sought after reputation.

    12x 15

    #32725
  • Ziegler & Co. Caucasian Kazak Santa Barbara Design Center 32726

    Ziegler & Co. Caucasian Kazak

    Sale! $75,022.00 $37,400.00

    Fine Ziegler & Co. Caucasian Kazak Rug is made in the Kazak area and are found to be outstanding and captivating with their fine intricate patterns and glossy wool. The beauty of these carpets are found in their geometrical and creative patterns, often sprinkled with animal designs and curvy vines. The natural colors are always clear and vibrant which makes for sought after reputation.

    12x 15

    #32726
  • Fine Caucasian Kazak rugs and more oriental carpet 31407-

    Fine Caucasian Kazak

    Sale! $4,478.00 $2,239.00

    Fine Caucasian Kazak rugs, with their beautiful vegetable dyes and tribal patterns, are among the most prized and exciting Caucasian rugs

    2’4 x 6’6

    #31407
  • Fine Caucasian Kazak

    Sale! $4,500.00 $2,250.00

    Fine Caucasian Kazak rugs, with their beautiful vegetable dyes and tribal patterns, are among the most prized and exciting Caucasian rugs

    2’5 x 6’3

    #31401
  • Fine Caucasian Kazak

    Sale! $4,500.00 $2,250.00

    Fine Caucasian Kazak rugs, with their beautiful vegetable dyes and tribal patterns, are among the most prized and exciting Caucasian rugs

    2’5 x 6’1

    #31402
  • Fine Caucasian Kazak

    Sale! $5,900.00 $2,950.00

    Fine Caucasian Kazak rugs, with their beautiful vegetable dyes and tribal patterns, are among the most prized and exciting Caucasian rugs

    2’6 x 8’2

    #31404
  • Fine Caucasian Kazak

    Sale! $3,500.00 $1,750.00

    Fine Caucasian Kazak rugs, with their beautiful vegetable dyes and tribal patterns, are among the most prized and exciting Caucasian rugs

    1’1 x 5’9

    #31408
  • Fine Caucasian Kazak rugs and more oriental carpet 31403-

    Fine Caucasian Kazak

    Sale! $4,550.00 $2,275.00

    Fine Caucasian Kazak rugs, with their beautiful vegetable dyes and tribal patterns, are among the most prized and exciting Caucasian rugs

    2’5 x 6’7

    #31403
  • Fine Caucasian Kazak rugs and more oriental carpet 31409

    Fine Caucasian Kazak

    Sale! $3,550.00 $1,775.00

    Fine Caucasian Kazak rugs, with their beautiful vegetable dyes and tribal patterns, are among the most prized and exciting Caucasian rugs

    1’1 x 6’2

    #31409
  • Fine Caucasian Kazak rugs and more oriental carpet 31410-

    Fine Caucasian Kazak

    Sale! $3,990.00 $1,995.00

    Fine Caucasian Kazak rugs, with their beautiful vegetable dyes and tribal patterns, are among the most prized and exciting Caucasian rugs

    2′ x 6’7

    #31410
  • Fine Caucasian Kazak rugs and more oriental carpet 31405-

    Fine Caucasian Kazak

    Sale! $4,700.00 $2,350.00

    Fine Caucasian Kazak rugs, with their beautiful vegetable dyes and tribal patterns, are among the most prized and exciting Caucasian rugs

    2’6 x 6’2

    #31405
  • Fine Kazak rugs and more oriental carpet 29181-

    Fine Kazak

    Sale! $36,980.00 $18,490.00

    Fine Kazak Rug is made in the Kazak area and are found to be outstanding and captivating with their fine intricate patterns and glossy wool.

    size: 9’11 x 14’7

    #29181
  • Turkman Caucasian Rugs and more oriental carpet 32637-

    Turkman Caucasian Rug

    Sale! $21,800.00 $10,900.00

    The original Turkman rugs were produced by the Turkman tribes who are the main ethnic group in Turkmenistan and are also found in Afghanistan and Iran

    9’1 x 12’2

    #32637
  • Turkman Caucasian Runner rugs and more oriental carpet 32635-

    Turkman Caucasian Runner

    Sale! $5,800.00 $2,900.00

    The original Turkman rugs were produced by the Turkman tribes who are the main ethnic group in Turkmenistan and are also found in Afghanistan and Iran

    2’7 x 11’5

    #32635
  • Fine Kazak Rug | Rugs and More | Santa Barbara Design Center

    Fine Kazak Rug

    Sale! $11,100.00 $5,550.00

    Fine Kazak Rug is made in the Kazak area and are found to be outstanding and captivating with their fine intricate patterns and glossy wool. The beauty of these carpets are found in their geometrical and creative patterns, often sprinkled with animal designs and curvy vines. The natural colors are always clear and vibrant which makes for sought after reputation.

    3’6×5

    #32575
  • Fine Kazak Rug | Rugs and More | Santa Barbara Design Center

    Fine Kazak Rug

    Sale! $3,440.00 $1,720.00

    Fine Kazak Rug is made in the Kazak area and are found to be outstanding and captivating with their fine intricate patterns and glossy wool. The beauty of these carpets are found in their geometrical and creative patterns, often sprinkled with animal designs and curvy vines. The natural colors are always clear and vibrant which makes for sought after reputation.

    3’6×5

    #32557
  • Finest Shirvan Caucasian | Rugs & More | Santa Barbara Design Center 32563

    Finest Shirvan Caucasian

    Sale! $18,240.00 $9,120.00

    The administrative district of Shirvan produced many highly decorative antique rugs. Shirvan rugs have a formality along with stylistic complexity that is found in few rugs from the Caucasus. Baku Caucasian rugs from Azerbaijan are known for their luscious softness of hand dyed natural wool.  As well, beautiful intense colors make the geometric patterns on this Antique Caucasian Shirvan Baku Rug come to life. 

    5’10×7’10

    #32563
  • Fine Kazak | Rugs and More | Santa Barbara Design Center 32572

    Fine Kazak

    Sale! $12,600.00 $6,300.00

    Antique Fine Kazak rugs with their beautiful vegetable dyes and tribal patterns, are among the most prized and exciting Caucasian rugs. This irrepressibly charming piece has been well loved, and is looking for a forever home!

    6’8×9’2

    #32572
  • Fine Kazak Rug | Rugs and More | Santa Barbara Design Center 32564

    Fine Kazak Rug

    Sale! $12,620.00 $6,310.00

    This Fine Kazak Rug is woven on a wool foundation with natural dyes. Kazak rugs have always been a symbol of luxury, status, warmth and comfort; along with their beautiful vegetable dyes and tribal patterns, are among the most prized and exciting Caucasian rugs. This irrepressibly charming piece has been well loved, and is looking for a forever home!

    6'5×9'7

    #32564
  • fine kazak rugs and more oriental carpet ziegler co 32556-

    Fine Kazak Rug

    Sale! $3,440.00 $1,720.00

    This fine Kazak is woven on a wool foundation with natural dyes. Kazak rugs have always been a symbol of luxury, status, warmth and comfort.

    3’6 x 5

    #32556
  • Fine Kazak Rugs and more oriental carpet ziegler & co 32554-

    Fine Kazak Rug

    Sale! $6,700.00 $3,350.00

    This fine Kazak is woven on a wool foundation with natural dyes. Kazak rugs have always been a symbol of luxury, status, warmth and comfort.

    2’8 x 12’7

    #32554
  • Fine Kazak Rugs and more oriental carpet 32553-

    Fine Kazak Rug

    Sale! $5,802.00 $2,901.00

    This fine Kazak is woven on a wool foundation with natural dyes. Kazak rugs have always been a symbol of luxury, status, warmth and comfort.

    2’9 x 10’7

    #32553
  • Fine Kazak Rugs and more oriental carpet 32552-

    Fine Kazak Rug

    Sale! $4,450.00 $2,220.00

    This fine Kazak is woven on a wool foundation with natural dyes. Kazak rugs have always been a symbol of luxury, status, warmth and comfort.

    2’9 x 8’4

    #32552
  • fine kazak rugs and more oriental carpet ziegler co 32551

    Fine Kazak Rug

    Sale! $5,840.00 $2,920.00

    This fine Kazak is woven on a wool foundation with natural dyes. Kazak rugs have always been a symbol of luxury, status, warmth and comfort.

    2’7 x 11’4

    #32551
  • fine kazak rugs and more oriental carpet ziegler co 32550-

    Fine Kazak Rug

    Sale! $4,980.00 $2,490.00

    This fine Kazak is woven on a wool foundation with natural dyes. Kazak rugs have always been a symbol of luxury, status, warmth and comfort.

    2’10 x 8’10

    #32550
  • fine kazak rugs and more oriental carpet ziegler co 32549-

    Fine Kazak Rug

    Sale! $5,160.00 $2,580.00

    This fine Kazak is woven on a wool foundation with natural dyes. Kazak rugs have always been a symbol of luxury, status, warmth and comfort.

    2’7 x 10

    #32549
  • fine kazak rugs and more oriental carpet ziegler co 32548-

    Fine Kazak Rug

    Sale! $5,560.00 $2,780.00

    This fine Kazak is woven on a wool foundation with natural dyes. Kazak rugs have always been a symbol of luxury, status, warmth and comfort.

    2’5 x 11’6

    #32548

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