Eastern Caucasus Mountain Region Oriental Carpets
This particular caroet retains the traits that connote the period prior to mass production. Although rugs of these designs are known as Akstafa carpets, experts debate whether these rugs were actually made there, or possibly were collected for trade in this village from several nearby weaving centers. Regardless of their precise origin, Akstafa’s are considered to be among the most exquisite of the Caucasians rugs.
Rugs from this area are typically rich in symbolism. One can expect to find representations of animals, both real and mythological, human figures, and other symbols that tell the story of folk life in the region. Some of the symbols noteworthy in this piece are the stag at the bottom of the prayer gable or mibrab, the beautiful flowering trees to either side; and the comb drawing within the arch which is the Islamic symbol of cleanliness and purity. The field is a beautifully drawn trellis filled with multicolored abstract floral and latched-hook devices. The main border consists of multicolored, stylized repeating calyx designs surrounded by a thinner trefoil border.