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CAUCASIAN RUGS FAMILY Kazak

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the names Tcherkess, Kutais, Tiflis, Georgian, Armenian, and Kazak were applied to the various Caucasian weaves found in the region west of Karabagh and south of the Greater Caucasus. Nowadays all but the name Kazak have largely disappeared except among the doyens of the trade who rightly assert that neither does the modern classification of the Kazaks comprises a group that is homogeneous on a basis of design or structure, nor is it likely that they were all made by the same tribe or group.

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PAST AND FUTURE History

The confusion that surrounds Kazak rugs is largely due to the strange phenomenon of the existence of the name in southwestern Caucasia. The word 'khazaki' itself is problematic as there are two distinct groups of people who bear the name, and neither of them seems to have anything to do with knotted rugs or with the southern Caucasus. The word means 'adventurer', 'freebooter', or 'rider of the steppes' in the Turkic languages and it was adopted into Russian at the time of the Tartar invasions. It is only fair to say that not everyone agrees even with that statement and some suggest that the Russian word had a quite separate origin. To those who have no emotional involvement in the issue that seems unlikely given the evidence.

PATTERNS, MOTIFS, SYMBOLS Pattern

Kazak rugs have a strong folk influence on their design. They house big, bold, dominating geometric patterns on a subtle color backdrop, giving them an edge that differentiates them from other rugs.

The body frame of the carpet has scattered geometric figures all over. These include folk-inspired detached shapes, squares, diamonds, and medallions—sometimes these designs incorporate animals, trees, and floral motifs.

The colors used are vibrant via the rug’s denser dyes. Each rug uses about five to seven different colors to create its elaborate effect. The rugs use bright colors like red, blue, green, and ivory. The heavy amount of color draws the observer’s eyes toward the Kazak’s emblazoned geometric patterns.

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OUR WEAVING PROCESS Weaving and Production

Kazak class is that both warps to which a knot is tied lie on an even plane. This, however, cannot be considered a constant feature because in some of his subdivisions a depressed warp is a common occurrence. Structurally the Kazaks do display several common features: they are knotted with the symmetrical (Turkish) knot; the warp and weft are almost always wool, the former generally undyed and the latter dyed, and the pile is wool; on the line of the warp threads the knots are longer than they are wide, and the weft crosses two or more times between each row of knots without apparent order.

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SELECTED PRODUCTS Kazak Rug Collection
Dimensions: 4'9" X 7'2"(146cm x 220cm) Model: ART00549
This is a Two Medallion Kagizman Kazak Rug, also known as Caucasian Kazak rug, is a type of handwoven rug that originated from the Kagizman region in ..
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Dimensions: 4'1" X 6'1"(125cm x 186cm) Model: ART00482
This is a boteh rows design rug from the late 19th century, Talish Kazak region, Caucasus area. Rugs with diagonal rows of boteh can be found througho..
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Dimensions: 4'1" X 5'11"(126cm x 181cm) Model: ART00480
This is a large stellar medallion with stripes in a cruciform border design rug from the 19th century, Shirvan region, Caucasus area. In the field, tw..
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Dimensions: 4'1" X 6'0"(126cm x 183cm) Model: ART00550
This is a large stellar medallion with stripes in a cruciform border design rug from the 19th century, Shirvan region, Caucasus area. In the field, tw..
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Dimensions: 4'3" X 5'2"(130cm x 158cm) Model: ART00431
The source of the rug comes from the book Orient Star - A Carpet Collection, E. Heinrich Kirchheim, Hali Publications Ltd, 1993 nr.2. This is the best..
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$2,300
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Dimensions: 4'5" X 5'7"(136cm x 172cm) Model: ART00369
The source of the rug comes from the book Orient Star - A Carpet Collection, E. Heinrich Kirchheim, Hali Publications Ltd, 1993 nr.2. This is the best..
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$2,800
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Dimensions: 6'2" X 9'3"(188cm x 283cm) Model: ART00467
The source of the rug comes from the book Tapis du Caucase - Rugs of the Caucasus, Ian Bennett & Aziz Bassoul, The Nicholas Sursock Museum, Beirut..
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Dimensions: 1'9" X 3'2"(54cm x 97cm) Model: ART00082
The source of the rug comes from the book Tapis du Caucase - Rugs of the Caucasus, Ian Bennett & Aziz Bassoul, The Nicholas Sursock Museum, Beirut, Le..
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$825
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Dimensions: 3'9" X 4'11"(115cm x 150cm) Model: ART00294
The source of the rug comes from the book Tapis du Caucase - Rugs of the Caucasus, Ian Bennett & Aziz Bassoul, The Nicholas Sursock Museum, Beirut, Le..
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$2,800
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Dimensions: 5'7" X 8'0"(171cm x 246cm) Model: ART00469
The source of the rug comes from the book Orient Star - A Carpet Collection, E. Heinrich Kirchheim, Hali Publications Ltd, 1993 nr.17. This is a remar..
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$7,500
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Dimensions: 6'7" X 8'9"(201cm x 268cm) Model: ART00408
The source of the rug comes from the book Orient Star - A Carpet Collection, E. Heinrich Kirchheim, Hali Publications Ltd, 1993 nr.17. This is a remar..
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Dimensions: 5'6" X 7'6"(170cm x 229cm) Model: ART00417
The source of the rug comes from the book Oriental Rugs Volume 1 Caucasian, Ian Bennett, Oriental Textile Press, Aberdeen 1993, nr.250-251. This is a ..
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