Rug of the Month
This featured rug is a beautiful Kazak measuring 4'6"x6'6". Traditional Kazak rugs were woven in a region in the Caucasus in what is now Azerbaijan and inhabited by a variety of ethnic groups and tribes. Most rug scholars believe the traditional Kazak rugs were woven by Armenians, who are thought to be the originators of rug weaving from as far back as 1700 BC. The traditional Kazaks from this region date from the mid 19th century and have some very distinct characteristics. They are known for their geometric designs and bold, contrasting colors. Most often Kazaks will be found in reds, blues and golds and many will have red or brown weft threads (see picture below). They are often cut short with very soft wool and coarse knots. This particular Kazak is a great example of some of the commons design features in these rugs... the 3 medallions in the middle, the animal figures throughout the field and zig zag border are all design features commonly found in Kazaks.
As the Armenians intermingled and traded with Turks over time, the Turks copied these designs. The Turks gradually migrated into Afghanistan taking these rug weaving designs with them. In the last 30 years, these Afghanis migrated into Pakistan and continued to weave these beautiful rugs as Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Thus, many Kazaks today will be referred to as Paki-Kazaks, but still feature some of the common design features from the Kazak rugs of the 1800s.