Why should you consider a Caucasian carpet?

When David and I traveled through the Caucasian countries, I was often amazed by the old and beautiful carpets that were present in the houses. One of those villages was Tago (თაგო). The old village in the south of Georgia can be reached with a cable car from the village Khulo (ხულო). 

There, we were camping and staying for the night. An older lady invited us to her house. She was surprised by our interest in her old furniture and carpets. To her it was junk. To us, they were old items that had character and a unique story to tell. One of her rugs, (that we could not photograph) had a dazzling blue color and the type of pattern gave it a certain harshness that is reminiscent of a Caucasian carpet. 

Caucasian carpet
Let me try to describe the rug: a geometric pole medallion on which two diamond-shaped figures serve as the main outline in the field, with hundreds of small, angular flowers, animals, and especially small, angular birds. 

When buying a carpet, probably most people think of Turkish or Persian carpets. For good reason, they are beautiful. But, in between Turkey and Iran is a region of three countries that have their own styles and gems. The Caucasus region, which was also part of the ancient Silk Road, has a long tradition of carpet weaving. 

Especially Azerbaijan has a rich history in this regard, as carpet production is a folk art of the Azeri people. Although Armenia and Georgia also have their own distinct styles of carpets. This Caucasian carpet production was once a great craft. Over time, however, it declined, only to then pass entirely into state-run factories under the Soviet regime.
If you are looking for an older Caucasian carpet, I know a good place. It is Gallery Aydin, which is located in the historical part of Istanbul, Turkey. Most of the Caucasian carpets they have on display are old, as they are traditionally used and knitted in tents. 

Gallery Aydin
Gallery Aydin was established in 1989 as a fine quality repair workshop for high-end rugs and textiles and it developed into an antique rug business in 1999. Adnan Aydin, the founder, started joining international rug fairs and established himself a niche for high-quality antique Anatolian, Caucasian, Turkmen, and Persian masterpieces.

Aydin, coming from the gist of this field has a clear understanding of color and quality. With that know-how, the gallery is still going strong. Serving collectors and dealers from all over the world with very high standard repair work.

On their website, you can see a small share of their selection of pieces. If you happen to have any inquiries please send an email and they will try to do their best to help you out.

Photos: David de Vries

Felix van den Belt

Felix van den Belt

Give Felix an assignment about carpets and he will go for it. He listens and asks questions. What is the history and what makes certain rugs unique? What can be said about social life around the carpets? Felix's passion for carpets prompts him to discover these questions like no other.