Antique Soumak
103 cm x 32 cm
Nr. 16707


Geometric Antique Soumak runner, yellow beige with stripes

Place of origin
Size103 cm x 32 cm (= 0.33 qm)
Manufacturinghand woven
MaterialWeft (tuft): wool
Warp: wool
Pile height3mm
Year of manufacture1920
Coloringyellow beige, dark brown
EditionSingle piece

Place of origin

The Soumaks (also Sumak, Sumac, Soumac, Sumakh, Sumach or Soumakh) are among the most famous flat-woven oriental rugs.

The name Soumak is said to go back to the East Caucasian town of Shemacha, from which, according to legends, the most graceful dancers of the Caucasus came. According to another theory, the name is derived from the spice sumac, which was used to dye wool a reddish color, among other uses. In Persia, the winding technique of the Soumak kilims is called peech baff or kayegh. The oldest known Soumak kilims were woven in the 7th century BC. This antique Soumak is a collector's item. It is about 100 years old and, therefore, a really special piece. Antique rugs like this Soumak are still very popular and are sold at top prices by renowned auction houses.


The abstract, geometric composition creates the simple elegance of this Soumak. The pattern flatters the design of the room and does not take the attention away from its furniture, decoration and architectural elements. It blends in fantastically with any surroundings and subtly complements the interior design of a room..

The repeating elements in the center field of this Soumak rug have no specific center (so-called repeating pattern). The repeating pattern has a calming but not boring effect. Rugs with repeating patterns are also called patterned.

The straight stripes of this Soumak organize and structure the pattern.
br /> The background of this Soumak is yellow beige. The border features beige and dark blue.


You are not the first to appreciate this Soumak. It has had owners before you who have cherished and used it. It was hand woven about 1920. It has been thoroughly cleaned and only partially restored condition but is in good condition. We have not completely restored this Soumak because we think it is as it is effect. If you would like, we will of course restore the rug further for you. We can restore almost any rug to an almost perfect condition.


Soumaks are hand-woven and are made of warp and weft threads only. So they do not have a thick pile that is raised. The weft threads that form the pile of this soumak are made from wool. For the warp threads wool was used. In the so-called winding technique, which is used to produce soumaks, the protruding weft ends are not woven in and often hang loose on the back. Therefore, Soumaks can only be used on one side.

The colors of this carpet change depending on which side it is viewed from. It depends on whether the light falls on the line or against the line of the pile. We have therefore taken pictures of this rug from different perspectives.
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