Antique rugs from Russia often tell the stories and folklore of the local communities. Their weavings depict humans and animals as the central design. They also distinguish themselves with lively geometric patterns, including diamonds, hexagons, small crosses and hooks. As with many antique rugs, Russian rugs utilize natural materials from their environment. Because of their dyes and weaving thread, the colors and textures found in these rugs are very individualistic.
Many of the patterns get their energy from strong primary colors reminiscent of the local landscape. These original details merged with the influential techniques found throughout the region, such as the widely popular Turkish knot, make Russian rugs quite sought-after. If you want to infuse your stagnant or “quiet” room with movement, color or design, an Antique Russian rug could very well be the answer.
A Little Russian History
Russia covers a massive area filled with many ethnicities and cultures, and has influenced the design and style of antique rugs. The multicultural background of the region is uniquely reflected in the look and feel of the antique textiles originating there. The earliest mention of carpets in Russian is in the 11th century when Grand Prince Vladimir Monomakh of Kiev is said to have met with other regional princes on a carpet.
However, the oldest carpet to have been found in Russia is the Pazaryk carpet, which was discovered in Siberia in 1957. It dates back to roughly 400 B.C. Russians throughout the ages have had contacts with Iran, China, and the people of Central Asia, who provided them with carpets. As Russia expanded in the 18th century it incorporated carpet-producing regions, such as Caucasus.
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