Caucasian Rug 01

(inclusive of taxes)


Material: Wool
Size: 4’ x 7’4”


This exquisite carpet created in the late 19th century features a matrix of eighteen Memling guls (medallion-like design elements) neatly arranged in a grid of three columns and six rows. Hans Memling, a famous Flemish painter from the 15th century, is the inspiration for these guls since he used to paint them on his Christian paintings.  The border is sometimes interpreted as birds looking backwards, which could have symbolized retrospective faith.

Tribal carpets are typically made by nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes from various parts of the world. Their designs are different from modern, commercial carpets, in that they are mostly raw, abstract and somewhat naïve. Typically, women weave the carpets without a set design in mind during the weaving process, which results in the variations in the patterns, and the irregular shapes of the carpets. These “perfect imperfections” are the delicate nuances, that add to the beauty of each one-of-a-kind handwoven carpet. Every tribal carpet has a unique story that comes from weaver’s thoughts and expressions. Elements like flowers, plants, human beings, birds, and animals such as dogs, sheep and camels often feature, giving a base to the storyline.