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Caucasian Rugs & Carpets

The Caucasus region lies between the Black and Caspian Seas, a landscape of stark beauty and harsh contrasts marked by sharp mountain peaks and deep, rich valleys. A bridge between the Far East and Europe, the culture of the Caucasus region reflects a collision of many empires.

Geometric shapes, latch hook technique, and the Ghiordes knot (symmetrical weave) are some of the commonalities among Caucasian tribal rugs. Caucasian carpets called “Kazak” rugs are often small and may have originally been used in prayer. Other tribal rugs can be quite large, like the 17th century “Dragon Carpet” that measures 170 inches by 90 inches and currently resides in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Both soft and durable, Caucasian rugs feature mosaic designs incorporating simple figures, elaborate borders, striking colors, and a perfected geometry of forms including diamonds, crosses, hexagons, and hooks. Some well-known Caucasian rug styles come from the areas of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkestan.

Traditionally, Caucasian weavers created their art for personal use in the home. Rugs were used as floor coverings, wall hangings, and feast cloths. The finery was also displayed at weddings, funerals, and embellished religious rites. Emperors, kings, and sultans who ruled over tribes of the Caucasus sometimes demanded the exquisite pieces as part of a yearly tax.

Prior to the 1920s, Caucasian rugs were always woven at home with natural materials and dyes, making them more collectible. When much of the region was incorporated into the Soviet Union, factories were built for faster and more efficient production of this commodity.


Quick Facts

  • Collectors can authenticate the region from which their rug originates by studying the color schemes, weaves, and motifs on their piece
  • A Caucasian Verneh sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $10,625 in 2014

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vintage Handmade Caucasian Fringed Wool Rug
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Handmade Caucasian Fringed Wool Rug
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $200
$1757 Bids
CAUCASIAN KARABAGH LONG RUG 12'1" x 4'4"
Apr 30, 10:00 AM EDT
CAUCASIAN KARABAGH LONG RUG 12'1" x 4'4"
by Potomack Company
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Kasak-Brücke
Apr 28, 10:30 AM CEST
Kasak-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €360- €720
€3601 Bid
Vintage 20th C. Silk Petit Points in Miniature Caucasian Rug Designs
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage 20th C. Silk Petit Points in Miniature Caucasian Rug Designs
by Material Culture
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Antique Shirvan#'Perpedil#', Caucasus, around 1900, wool
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Antique Shirvan#'Perpedil#', Caucasus, around 1900, wool
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €700- €1,500
€3201 Bid
Kazak#'Kasim-Ushak#' antique, Caucasus, 19th century
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Kazak#'Kasim-Ushak#' antique, Caucasus, 19th century
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €500- €1,200
€2401 Bid
CAUCASIAN ROOM SIZE RUG.
May 04, 11:00 AM EDT
CAUCASIAN ROOM SIZE RUG.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
Caucasian Motifs Vintage Kars Rug From Turkey 13 ft 10 in x 7 ft 3 in (4.22 m x 2.21 m)
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Caucasian Motifs Vintage Kars Rug From Turkey 13 ft 10 in x 7 ft 3 in (4.22 m x 2.21 m)
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Alte Kaukasische Brücke
Apr 17, 10:30 AM CEST
Alte Kaukasische Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €240- €480
€2400 Bids
Alte Kasak-Brücke
Apr 28, 10:30 AM CEST
Alte Kasak-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €650- €1,300
€6500 Bids
Alte Kasak-Brücke
Apr 28, 10:30 AM CEST
Alte Kasak-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €240- €480
€2400 Bids
Kasak-Brücke
Apr 28, 10:30 AM CEST
Kasak-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €360- €720
€3600 Bids
Antike Schirwan-Brücke
Apr 28, 10:30 AM CEST
Antike Schirwan-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €1,400- €2,800
€1,4000 Bids
Alte Schirwan-Brücke
Apr 28, 10:30 AM CEST
Alte Schirwan-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €240- €480
€2400 Bids
CAUCASIAN LORI-PAMPAK CARPET, MID 20TH CENTURY
Apr 17, 3:00 PM CEST
CAUCASIAN LORI-PAMPAK CARPET, MID 20TH CENTURY
by Casa d'Aste Babuino
Est: €200- €300
€1400 Bids
TAPPETO KAZAK
Apr 18, 3:30 PM CEST
TAPPETO KAZAK
by Benedetto Trionfante Casa d’Aste
Est: €400- €500
€1000 Bids
TAPPETO KAZAK
Apr 18, 3:30 PM CEST
TAPPETO KAZAK
by Benedetto Trionfante Casa d’Aste
Est: €500- €600
€1000 Bids
TAPPETO KAZAK
Apr 18, 3:30 PM CEST
TAPPETO KAZAK
by Benedetto Trionfante Casa d’Aste
Est: €500- €600
€1400 Bids
TAPPETO KAZAK
Apr 18, 3:30 PM CEST
TAPPETO KAZAK
by Benedetto Trionfante Casa d’Aste
Est: €600- €700
€1400 Bids
TAPPETO KAZAK
Apr 18, 3:30 PM CEST
TAPPETO KAZAK
by Benedetto Trionfante Casa d’Aste
Est: €1,400- €1,600
€3000 Bids
TAPPETO QARABAG
Apr 18, 3:30 PM CEST
TAPPETO QARABAG
by Benedetto Trionfante Casa d’Aste
Est: €1,200- €1,400
€2000 Bids
TAPPETO KAZAK ADLER
Apr 18, 3:30 PM CEST
TAPPETO KAZAK ADLER
by Benedetto Trionfante Casa d’Aste
Est: €500- €600
€1400 Bids
Antique Caucasian Kazak Rug 10 ft 4 in x 4 ft 9 in (3.15 m x 1.45 m)
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Caucasian Kazak Rug 10 ft 4 in x 4 ft 9 in (3.15 m x 1.45 m)
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
Karabagh Kilim antique, Caucasus, around 1900,wool on
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Karabagh Kilim antique, Caucasus, around 1900,wool on
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €500- €1,500
€2400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Caucasian Rugs & Carpets


Henry's Auktionshaus

Henry's Auktionshaus

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Benedetto Trionfante Casa d’Aste

Benedetto Trionfante Casa d’Aste

Nazmiyal Auctions

Nazmiyal Auctions