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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

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ANTIQUE CAUCASIAN CARPET
Dec 11, 11:00 AM CST
ANTIQUE CAUCASIAN CARPET
by Lewis & Maese Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$907 Bids
Caucasian Carpet
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Caucasian Carpet
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$453 Bids
Afghan Kazak
Dec 07, 7:00 PM AEDT
Afghan Kazak
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD1102 Bids
Caucasian Carpet
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Caucasian Carpet
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$2252 Bids
TAPPETO
Dec 07, 10:00 AM CET
TAPPETO
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €50- €60
€501 Bid
PAIR OF VINTAGE CAUCASIAN RUGS
Dec 13, 9:00 AM CST
PAIR OF VINTAGE CAUCASIAN RUGS
by Jackson's International
Est: $100- $150
$901 Bid
Vintage Kazak Rug, 5’2” x 6’7” (1.57 x 2.01 M)
Dec 26, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Kazak Rug, 5’2” x 6’7” (1.57 x 2.01 M)
by 1stBid
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$1,8001 Bid
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HAND KNOTTED TRIBAL CAUCAISIAM RUNNER
Dec 11, 11:00 AM CST
HAND KNOTTED TRIBAL CAUCAISIAM RUNNER
by Lewis & Maese Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$51 Bid
Fine Khurjin Chobi
Dec 07, 7:00 PM AEDT
Fine Khurjin Chobi
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD2001 Bid
Shirvan Rug, Caucasus, Early 20th C., 3'7'' x 5'0''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Shirvan Rug, Caucasus, Early 20th C., 3'7'' x 5'0''
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
FACHRALO KAZAK PRAYER RUG, SOUTHWEST CAUCASUS
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
FACHRALO KAZAK PRAYER RUG, SOUTHWEST CAUCASUS
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $700- $900
$4001 Bid
Caucasian Runner
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Caucasian Runner
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Kleiner Teppich mit Kasak-Muster
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Kleiner Teppich mit Kasak-Muster
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €360- €720
€3600 Bids
Kasak-Brücke
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Kasak-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €500- €1,000
€5000 Bids
Caucasian Hand-Knotted Small Wool Rug
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Caucasian Hand-Knotted Small Wool Rug
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Alte Schirvan-Brücke
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Alte Schirvan-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €700- €1,400
€7000 Bids
A FRAGMENT OF A KUBA KILIM
Dec 08, 9:30 AM CET
A FRAGMENT OF A KUBA KILIM
by Nagel Auction
Est: €600- €800
€6000 Bids
A Karabagh runner rug, late 19th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A Karabagh runner rug, late 19th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £300- £600
£2400 Bids
KARABAKH RUNNER
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
KARABAKH RUNNER
by Sheppards
Est: €1,800- €2,500
€1,0000 Bids
CAUCASIAN FLAT WEAVE RUNNER
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
CAUCASIAN FLAT WEAVE RUNNER
by Sheppards
Est: €800- €1,200
€4800 Bids
CAUCASIAN PATTERN RUNNER
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
CAUCASIAN PATTERN RUNNER
by Sheppards
Est: €1,800- €2,500
€1,0000 Bids
CAUCASIAN KELIM RUNNER
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
CAUCASIAN KELIM RUNNER
by Sheppards
Est: €600- €900
€3600 Bids
CAUCASIAN PATTERN RUNNER
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
CAUCASIAN PATTERN RUNNER
by Sheppards
Est: €1,800- €2,500
€1,0000 Bids
Kasak-Brücke
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Kasak-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €360- €720
€3600 Bids

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