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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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A Kazak Caucasian Rug
Jun 19, 9:00 AM PDT
A Kazak Caucasian Rug
by Abell Auction
Est: $300- $500
$2003 Bids
Caucasian Soumak Runner, 12' L x 3' 2" W
Jul 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Caucasian Soumak Runner, 12' L x 3' 2" W
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Northwest Runner, Caucasus, 4 x 13.5
Jun 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Northwest Runner, Caucasus, 4 x 13.5
by Alex Cooper
Est: $600- $900
$3001 Bid
Caucasian Karabagh Gallery Carpet, 16' L x 7' W
Jul 14, 12:00 PM EDT
Caucasian Karabagh Gallery Carpet, 16' L x 7' W
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1001 Bid
Caucasian rug from the Karabagh group in wool Caucasisch tapijt van d
Jun 23, 2:00 PM CEST
Caucasian rug from the Karabagh group in wool Caucasisch tapijt van d
by DVC
Est: €0- €0
€101 Bid
A small Caucasian Kalim rug 142 x 117 cm
Jun 21, 10:00 AM BST
A small Caucasian Kalim rug 142 x 117 cm
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £40- £60
£101 Bid
Caucasian "Saliani" Shirvan of the Kouba group in wool on wool Caucas
Jun 23, 2:00 PM CEST
Caucasian "Saliani" Shirvan of the Kouba group in wool on wool Caucas
by DVC
Est: €0- €100
€101 Bid
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KAZAK DESIGN RUG: 9'2" X 13'0" 21st Century
Jun 14, 9:30 AM EDT
KAZAK DESIGN RUG: 9'2" X 13'0" 21st Century
by Eldred's
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$5001 Bid
TAPPETO
Jun 19, 10:30 AM CEST
TAPPETO
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €250- €300
€2501 Bid
Oriental Rug-Turkish Caucasian Kilim Runner Rug
Jun 14, 9:00 AM EDT
Oriental Rug-Turkish Caucasian Kilim Runner Rug
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Oriental Rug-Hand Woven Turkish Caucasian Kilim Runner Rug
Jun 14, 9:00 AM EDT
Oriental Rug-Hand Woven Turkish Caucasian Kilim Runner Rug
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Caucasian Kilim Rug, 4.7' x 3'
Jun 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Caucasian Kilim Rug, 4.7' x 3'
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
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Caucasian Kharabagh Pictorial Rug
Jun 16, 2:00 PM PDT
Caucasian Kharabagh Pictorial Rug
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $5,000- $6,000
$1,8000 Bids
KAZAK LONG RUG (4' X 9'6")
Jun 29, 11:00 AM EDT
KAZAK LONG RUG (4' X 9'6")
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7500 Bids
KAZAK RUNNER (3'2"X10'4")
Jun 29, 11:00 AM EDT
KAZAK RUNNER (3'2"X10'4")
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Hand Knotted Shirvan Rug 4.8x3.10 ft
Jun 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Hand Knotted Shirvan Rug 4.8x3.10 ft
by Fine Georgian Silver Inc
Est: $165- $250
$1000 Bids
Shahsevan Kilim Runner, Transcaucasus, Early 20th C., 2'6'' x 8'3''
Jun 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Shahsevan Kilim Runner, Transcaucasus, Early 20th C., 2'6'' x 8'3''
by Material Culture
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Caucasian rug
Jun 14, 3:00 PM UYT
Caucasian rug
by Zorrilla Subastas
Est: $150- $200
$1000 Bids
Caucasian Kasak rug
Jun 14, 3:00 PM UYT
Caucasian Kasak rug
by Zorrilla Subastas
Est: $1,300- $1,500
$1,2000 Bids
Caucasian carpet
Jun 14, 3:00 PM UYT
Caucasian carpet
by Zorrilla Subastas
Est: $120- $150
$1000 Bids
Caucasian prayer rug
Jun 14, 3:00 PM UYT
Caucasian prayer rug
by Zorrilla Subastas
Est: $120- $150
$1000 Bids
Caucasian rug
Jun 14, 3:00 PM UYT
Caucasian rug
by Zorrilla Subastas
Est: $120- $150
$1000 Bids
TAPPETO
Jun 18, 3:00 PM CEST
TAPPETO
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
TAPPETO
Jun 19, 10:30 AM CEST
TAPPETO
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €50- €60
€500 Bids

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