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Semi-antique Oriental carpet #58087 Karabagh Caucasus 6.0 x 4.3 feet

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Item Number: 58087
Provenance: Karabagh
Country of Origin: Caucasus
Size: 6.0 x 4.3 ft
Made: 1928
Pile: wool
Design: floral / allover
Ground Color: black
Price (incl. VAT): US-$ 3,700

Estimated delivery time:
4 - 8 working days

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More about the provenance Karabagh | Caucasus

Karabagh is located in the Russian part of Azerbaijan and is therefore part of the Caucasus region. Karabagh is actually the name of a mountain area (with black soil). It has been under Persian reign repeatedly. The population mainly consist of Armenians, settled down Turk peoples and Russian immigrants. The Karabagh area has been influenced heavily by near-by Turkey in the quantity of rugs being made. One typical characteristic of Karabagh rugs is a soft brick-red (also being called Karabagh-red among carpet experts). The designs often resemble the Persian Farahan (Feraghan). Newer production of Karabagh rugs is rather rare, there are mostly old and antique Karabagh rugs found in the market.

The wool of this rug has been dyed with vegetable dyes only which became very rare in Oriental rugs. Since ca. 1850 synthetic dyes found their way into carpet production. Ever since they replaced natural vegetable dyes more and more also due to the fact that the production of vegetable dyes is very time consuming and difficult. But the "aura of genuineness" can be reached to its full extent with vegetable dyes only. Vegetable dyes are made from leaves, flowers, branches, fruits and roots. They give Oriental rugs a particularly harmonic look. In general Oriental rugs "age" better and more beautifully with vegetable dyes than with synthetic dyes plus they increase a carpet's value. Most of today's production is made with synthetic dyes which makes this rug an even more desirable piece. Unfortunately many rugs in the market are being labelled as being vegetable dyed which in many colors is simply not true which damages the reputation of the carpet industry altogether.



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