Origin of the rug:
The Tat people are Iranian people presently living within Azerbaijan and Russia (mainly Southern Dagestan). The Tats are part of the indigenous peoples of Iranian origin in the Caucasus.
History and Aim:
The Caucasian nomads wove antique carpets for their own daily use, to satisfy their singular sense of creativity and harmony. Accordingly, they put a level of care into their work which seems virtually incomprehensible to us today. The wool they used provided a superior level of resilience and luster because it was shorn from the sheep which they himself had grazed in high mountain pastures. It was then cleaned and washed repeatedly so that it could thoroughly absorb the vibrant vegetable dyes.
The Caucasian weavers believed that only after the material of their craft was brought to its ultimate state could they be inspired to create a rug of ultimate balance and harmony. For they did not merely see their finished product as the work of art. Instead, the art lay in performing each step of the process to completion.
These rugs are the last remnants of an ancient weaving tradition which has now all but vanished. They are living examples which speak to us of both the gaiety and deep understanding of life possessed by their creators, the mountain weavers of the Caucasus and Northeast Persia.
Description of the rug:
The small room size dimensions of this invigorating piece are incredibly seldom found among semi-antique Caucasian rugs. Heraldic Seichur “X” designs, initially stemming from precursors in ancient Tats and Persian weaving traditions, create a mesmerizing structure where everything works together like an intricate puzzle. Although symmetrical in appearance, not one of its sunburst design elements is quite like the other, with subtle variations revealing the charm of a hand-woven object. Forming “neighborhoods” in the ivory zones, wonderfully stylized flowers take on the appearance of tiny architectural structures. Buoyant hues add mellow contrasts to the rhythmic pattern and make for an overall soothing experience in this carpet that comes to us in soft-pile condition.
Date Woven: late 1940’s
Origin: Dagestan/ Azerbaijan
Dimensions: 260 x 160 cm
%100 soft wool pile on cotton foundation