Caucasian Rug Motifs and Cleaning

The Caucasus or Caucasia is a region at the border of Europe and Asia, situated between the Black and the Caspian Seas. A great many nationalities and independent people live in these Trans-Caucasian Mountains and isolated valleys. Surprisingly, the peaceful art of rug weaving not only survived, but also flourished regardless of constant wars in the 19th century between the Russia, Persia and Turkey over this region.  Ethnic groups struggled to survive and the resulting antagonism reinforced ethnic identity even in their rug making and design.

Caucasian Carpets Pallet and Motifs

Caucasian rugs poses more primary colors than the rugs of Persia or Anatolia. Madder red is very common and yet the indigo blues are not quite as dark as those of Persian or Anatolian rugs. Yellows are brighter and greens are mostly sea green, but apple green and olive green is used as well. Their motif is mostly influenced by Persian and Turkish designs. However, the various ethnic influences and the mid-19th century effort to imitate Savonnerie and Aubusson rugs, made Caucasian rugs to be a fusion of creativity with exciting and beautiful results.

Shirvan rug from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Thompson, exhibited Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, February 3 — April 20, 2006


From Persian Afshan and Harshang designs to the geometric Anatolian influences of Holbein, and Lotto; these rugs are among the world most sought after tribal rugs.

Baku, Genje, Shirvan, Talish, Zakatala Daghestan, Kazak, Karabagh, Kuba and Moghan are just a few motifs to remember when searching for a Caucasian rug.

New York City merchants also offer a nice variety of antique Caucasian rugs. To name a few; just visit  Fred Moheban Gallery , Nazmiyal Collection , Doris Leslie Blau , and pick you own favorite motif.

Best Caucasian Rug Cleaning Methods

Area rugs act like an air filter and collect all the dust, pollen, dead skin pet dander and bacteria. Vacuuming alone is not enough to clean the deep pile and the foundation of the rugs. If area rugs were light monotonic colors similar to wall to wall carpets, dirt and bacteria would be more visible to the naked eyes.

Handmade rug cleaning must be done by a professional rug cleaner. How often it should be done depends upon traffic pattern, wear and tear; and the environment. Annual cleaning is recommended for proper care of the rug and health of the household. Homes with small children, pets and smokers should consider semi-annual cleaning.

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