- Size: 6'10" × 13'9" (208 × 419 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh RugsCaucasian rugs’ main strength are whimsical patterns with floral references supported by sturdy and durable structure. This antique Karabagh carpet is a flagship example of the craft from the Caucasus. […]
- Size: 6'9" × 18'7" (205 × 566 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh RugsFor many people Karabagh rugs remain a secret. Those exquisite pieces originated in present day Azerbaijan and Armenia and that explains their exotic beauty. While not as famous as Persian […]
- Size: 7'9" × 14'3" (236 × 434 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh RugsAn early 20th century Caucasian Karabagh European-influenced antique rug, the purple field with lush blossoming vinery around two rows of enlarged panels containing red ovals with voluptuous floral bouquets within […]
- Size: 6'6" × 17'3" (198 × 525 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh RugsA late 19th century Caucasian Karabagh gallery rug having a lozenge lattice formed of broad peach hooked bands containing intricate geometric flowering vinery on a dark brown field within a […]
- Size: 6'6" × 21'7" (198 × 657 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh RugsA late 19th century Russian Karabagh rug, the black field having a large-scale trellis design overall of abstract flowerheads, leafy palmettes and flowering vinery within a creamy pink palmette and […]
- Size: 5'3" × 18'7" (160 × 566 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh RugsAn early 20th century Karabagh carpet from the Caucasus, the light brown field with enlarged abstract leaves and flowerheads around a central column of unusual linked medallions containing geometric and […]
- Size: 9'7" × 11'0" (292 × 335 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh RugsA Caucasian Karabagh rug, the spacious abrashed pale golden yellow field with alternating red and gray leaf forms within a chocolate brown scrolling floral vine border. Nowadays Caucasian rug patterns […]
- Size: 6'4" × 18'9" (193 × 571 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh RugsAn early 20th century Karabagh carpet, the open tobacco field with a salmon, beige and ivory column of linked floral cartouches and medallions with birds framing the cartouches, the enlarged […]
- Size: 7'5" × 18'5" (226 × 561 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh RugsA late 19th century antique Russian Karabagh rug, the dark blue field with intricate vines and blossoms overall around overblown blossom bouquets within a gold and yellow European-inspired scrolling vinery […]
- Size: 6'1" × 18'2" (185 × 553 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh RugsA late 19th century antique Russian Karabagh rug, the abrashed burgundy field dominated by staggered overblown palmette formed medallions containing floral motifs within a leafy burgundy border. Nowadays carpets in […]
- Size: 2'9" × 19'7" (83 × 596 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh Rugs, Runners & Wide RunnersThis circa-1880 antique Karabagh runner rug features a striking all-over design of floral motifs and vinery in shades of green, pink, red and ivory against a field of dark brown. […]
- Size: 6'5" × 15'8" (195 × 477 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh Rugs, Runners & Wide RunnersAn Antique Russian Karabagh Wide Runner with a 1/2 drop pattern of alternating abstract floral shapes within a multi stepped border. Shades of cranberry, camel and ivory on an abrashed […]
- Size: 4'10" × 12'10" (147 × 391 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh Rugs, Runners & Wide RunnersAn Antique Karabagh Runner with an abstract geometric motif arranged in diagonal rows within a multi stepped border. A specialist rug dealer in oriental and Karabagh Rugs and carpets, Doris […]
- Size: 3'1" × 17'5" (93 × 530 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh Rugs, Runners & Wide RunnersThis Karabagh runner carpet from the late 19th century is characterized by a consistent overall pattern of beige vinery and curving palmettes on a dark brown field. Karabagh is the […]
- Size: 6'5" × 18'0" (195 × 548 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh Rugs, Runners & Wide RunnersA Karabagh carpet runner with a light brown field with sparse birds and flowers around a central row of three petal medallions linked by a pair of narrow medallions in […]
- Size: 6'9" × 13'9" (205 × 419 cm)Antique Rugs, Caucasian Rugs, Karabagh Rugs, Runners & Wide RunnersA wide late 19th century Russian Karabagh antique red carpet runner, the dark brown field with polychrome angular abstract floral motifs around a column of linked geometric palmettes within an […]
Types of Karabagh rugs
Karabagh rugs from Central Asia are gaining more and more attention. This is hardly surprising considering their impeccable quality and stunning patters, however, few can be considered equals with famed Karabagh rugs. Named after Karabagh region, located in Azerbaijan, those oriental rugs were added to UNESCO‘s list of Representative Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage in a gesture of appreciation. Indeed, they are a vital part of Azerbaijani culture, just like Persian rugs are for Iran.
Oldest Karabagh Rug
The oldest Karabagh rug, which was made in the village of Banants, dates back to the early 13th century, the same period when Armenian world gorg, meaning “pile carpet”, originated.
Karabagh rugs had a special place in Azerbaijan, as they were not a mere decorations. Different styles of Karabagh rugs were available – flat-woven covers məfrəş, a doubled travel bag xurcun, its causing plain traveling bag heybə and various sacks known as çuval – although two are best known – Armenian and Azerbaijan type.
Karabagh Rugs Patterns
Common themes and patterns found on Armenian-style Karabagh rugs were the depiction of animals. Diverse in style, rich in color and highly ornamental, Karabagh rugs were separated in categories depending on what sort of animals were depicted on them – for an example you could expect an eagle on artsvagorgs, but a dragon on a vishapagorgs and a serpent on otsa gorgs, although floral motives were just as common.
The division of Azerbaijani-styled Karabagh rugs was based not on patterns, but “carpets schools” which dictated characteristic traits of each piece. There are four schools: Guba-Shirvan set in Guba, Shirvan region and Baku, Ganje-Kazakh, in Ganje town and Kazakh region, Karabagh based in centers in Shusha and, maybe surprisingly for some, Tabriz with centers in Tabriz and Ardebil in South (Iranian) Azerbaijan. Rugs from each school were woven in a different fashion and sometimes had very little or even nothing in common.
Those differences were influenced by the fact that some of those schools developed in mountainous areas where need for thicker and warmer Karabagh carpets was greater and some in lowlands which resulted in more decorative patterns and thinner piles, as people did not need as much protection from the cold. Moreover each village has its own original design and ornaments and had specific characterization which distinguished them from the others.