This is an antique Kazak rug woven in the western part of the Caucasus mountains at the beginning of the 20th century circa 1900-10’s. Woven on a wool foundation with all wool pile the rug is in overall good condition.
Made using all natural dyes, the hues are a lot more muted than seen in a more modern rug from the region.
Kazak (or Qazax) is a small city in the Northwest of Azerbaijan controlling routes into Armenia and Georgia. Kazak rugs however are mainly woven by the people of Armenia and Afghanistan who are influenced by the Caucasian designs found in old rugs from Russia and the USSR region as well as those found in rugs from the northern parts of the Persian empire.
Typically geometric in pattern Kazaks tend to be red, yellow or gold and blue in colour. Designs can include animals, flowers and mediallions similar to tribal rugs but are almost always implemented with straight lines.