A rare example of Sewan Kazak with bold reciprocal arrow-head guards, and a medallion surrounded by latch-hooks known as the ‘running dog’ design. The outer border design is found on Caucasian Kilims and the octagon-end shaped medallion is not encountered as often as the Shield medallion we regularly see on these Kazak’s. The red rectangular motif in the very centre of the latch-hooked central design is called the ‘Wedding Table’ according to many published rug experts and scholars.
The palette of dyes are remarkable and typical of exceptional Caucasian rugs from the mid to late 19th century. A very similar example is published in Ian Bennett’s Oriental Rugs Volume I.
These South-west Caucasian rugs from the Sewan Kazak region are iconic tribal village weavings and are easily recognisable with their bold shield medallion designs or octagon-end shape medallions such as this rare example. Dating from the mid 19th century, the condition of this early Caucasian rug is very good, with the wool pile medium high all over, having resided in a private collection for many years.
Rugs bearing the name Kazak come from the highland area of the Caucasus in Azerbaijan whose centre is the town of Kazak. Woven by semi-nomadic shepherds of the region. They use fabulous vegetable dyes and high quality hand spun wool from their own herd. Depending on the weave some Kazak rugs can be extremely soft to handle as the wool is light and woven on a supple foundation.
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