Kazak (Gharabagh) 16273


South Caucasus

248 x 126 cm from sh.sameyeh Oriental carpet catalogue page No.291

3rd quarter of 20th century

CHONDZORESK Kazak Attibuted to a village and its environs in the north west part of Karabagh , this distinctive group of rugs was , and to a certain extent still is , known as cloud – band kazak.

Antique kazak /Karabagh (cloudband ) rugs Eagerly sought after by collectors as well as designers, have one of the oldest and most varied design traditions of any antique Caucasian rugs. Many are descended from the classical Caucasian carpets of the eighteenth century. Others are more closely related to Kazaks, with large medallion patterns and a more tribal geometric sensibility. But still others have realistic floral ornament related to Aubusson and Savonnerie carpets in the West. But whatever their orientation, Karabaghs represent the best in quality and design among the antique rug styles of the Caucasus.

These rugs were made in the south-eastern Caucasus close to the Kazak district and bordering north-eastern Iran. These rugs are exemplary in their quality and design and are considered amongst the best rugs made in the Caucasus region. This region uses a distinctive weave, a double weft which occurs between every two rows of knots.All natural dyes are paramount for the carpet to have more than just decorative value. Beyond that, various dyers had varying levels of skill and invested different lengths of time in dyeing the yarns.  The “quality of color”–its radiance and level of nuance within each color–is centrally important.  Certain rare colors such as Tyrian purple, saffron yellow, cochineal rose and greens add to the carpet’s value

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