174 cm x 114 cm
Geometric Antique Kazak, dark blue with border
|Place of origin|
|Size||174 cm x 114 cm (= 1.98 qm)|
|Material||Flor: wool (handspun, natural color)|
Weft & Warp: wool
|Year of manufacture||1915|
|Coloring||dark blue, beige|
Place of origin
The Kazak (also Kasak) rugs belong to the category of Caucasian rugs. Rugs have been made in the Caucasus since the end of the 18th century. The abstract geometric tribal patterns in primary colors are characteristic of these rugs. Typically, geometric and, more rarely, floral motifs are pictured in contrasting, intense colors. In the 19th century, a considerable portion of these rugs, which were mainly produced in villages, was exported to the West under Russian control. This antique Kazak is a collector's item. It is about 105 years old and, therefore, a really special piece. Antique rugs like this Kazak are still very popular and are sold at top prices by renowned auction houses.
The abstract, geometric composition creates the simple elegance of this Kazak. The pattern flatters the design of the room and does not take the attention away from its furniture, decoration and architectural elements. It creates a pleasant atmosphere without dominating the style of the room.
The embellished edging (border) forms a glorious contrast to the center and creates a transition at the edge of the rug.
The colors dark blue and beige dominate the overall impression. The border features blue gray and light brown.
You are not the first to appreciate this Kazak. It has had owners before you who have cherished and used it. It was hand knotted about 1915. It has been thoroughly cleaned and only partially restored condition but is in good condition. We have not completely restored this Kazak because we think it is as it is a special charm. 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.
The technique used to produce the materials of the pile of this Kazak is over 200 years old. The wool is dyed with natural colors and spun by hand. Dyeing with natural or vegetable dyes is more complicated, expensive and time-consuming than dyeing with chemical dyes. For a bright red, for example, you would need about one kilogram of ground madder root per kilogram of wool as dye. For a strong, not too pale yellow, you would need two kilograms of the dye madder per kilogram of wool. Also spinning wool is time-consuming and labor-intensive. In addition, fewer and fewer people are able to hand spin wool.
But the effort is worth it: By dyeing with natural dyes, the high-quality wool retains its natural fat content. Wool dyed with natural colors and spun by hand creates fascinating, iridescent patterns. The charm of hand-spun wool with its slight irregularities and natural hues unfolds as a contrasting element in modern interiors, but also in rooms that are furnished in a more traditional or country house style. The backing (weft and warp threads) of this Kazak is made of virgin wool.