Caucasus, last quarter of the 19th century




Very rare collector rug, wool on wool foundation with all vegetal dyes, interesting bright colors,
the center with a Kasim-Ushag complex botanical medallion (derived from a flower calyx)*,
within diagonal running dog corners, the main border

a flower/vine meander sided by barber-poling and a running dog outer border



This example cam be found in nearly every catalog about Caucasian rugs.  This type of Kasim-Ushag medallion is referred to

by Peter Stone, Tribal and Village Rugs, as the tour de force of botanical medallions.  Ian Bennett, Oriental Rugs, Vol. I, suggests

that the form is derived from 17th century embroideries and closely related to 18th century rugs.  Analysis is extensive.  It is further

explored by Charles Grant Ellis in Early Caucasian Rugs.  Also see Antike Orientteppiche, Peter Bausback, 1978, p. 209, and

Caucasian Rugs, Ulrich Schurmann, p. 129.  See also 97-101, page 152-155, from Eder.


Condition: in excellent state of preservation, high pile with some well done restoration to the central area,

well blended and visible only from the underside


8’4” x 4’9”


Price: Please Inquire










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Antique Caucasian Karabagh Kasim Ushag, late 19th century, Caucasus