Origin of Caucasian Rugs
Karabagh is the name of a region in the Southern Caucasus, the capital of which is Shusha, where knotted-pile rugs have been produced since the eleventh century. Given its situation between the Black and Caspian Seas, bordered by Turkey and Iran, Karabagh has always been a melting pot of religion and culture. Although similar to other rugs from the Caucasus in their coarse weave and symmetric knots, the rugs from Karabagh tend to be the largest. The most unusual of antique Caucasian rugs are rose-patterned, clearly created in response to Western taste, utilizing geometric pink and red flowers, bouquets arranged in garlands with swags, on grounds of dark blue or black. Read more about Caucasian rugs.