Eagle Kazak Runner

Reference Number: 17354
Size: 13 ft 3 in x 3 ft 8 in
Origin: Southwest Caucasus
Woven: Circa 1900

Eagle Kazak Runner_17354


The Caucasus is the geographically-isolated mountainous region north of Persia between the Black and Caspian Seas. The diverse population of this area primarily consists of Armenians and Azeri Turks; however large groups of Georgians and Kurds also inhabit and produce rugs in this territory. The designs illustrated in these weavings are sparsely decorated with large-scale patterns of stylized flora appearing as abstract geometric elements. The impact of these designs is heightened by the usage of a limited number of contrasting primary colors. Kazak rugs are woven in the southern Caucasus in the villages between the towns of Tiflis and Erivan. Eagle or Adler Kazaks are produced in Chelaberd which lies in the Karabagh district to the south of Erivan. These rugs are amongst the most dramatic, featuring large sunburst medallions often on madder red fields. It is rare to find these weavings in runner formats, such as this example, which is also in excellent, original condition.

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