Area Rug, Caucasian Armenian (82068)

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Area Rug, Caucasian Armenian  (82068)
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Gorgeous Caucasian Armenian area rug, 8' x 5'. Soumak is a tapestry technique of weaving strong and decorative textiles used as rugs and domestic bags. Baks used for bedding are known as Soumak Mafrash. Soumak is a type of flat weave, somewhat resembling but stronger and thicker than kilim, with a smooth front face and a ragged back, where kilim is smooth both sides. Soumak lacks the slits characteristic of kilim, as it is usually woven with supplementary weft threads as continuous supports. (Wikipedia). The distinguishing aspect of the Caucasian carpet is its emphasis on rich and varied color. 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. This rug has been professionally restored.

Provenance: Ben-Tcahvtchavadze collection of Ontario, Canada
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Date: 1880