Kurdish Rug 04

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Material: Wool
Size: 3’2” x 6’10”
Origin: Karabagh Area, Caucasus


Dating back to the late 19th century, this rug with a rather playful composition, is attributed to the Kurds from the Karabagh area. The camels in the design signify wealth and the botehs (paisley designs) signify the universe, and hence, it is likely the rug was woven by a weaver that was among the economic upper-crust of her tribe. The rug is framed by a running dog border in multiple harmonious colours.

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.