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Caucasian Prayer Rugs

Of all rugs Caucasian Prayer Rugs are some of the most popular. Here I mean to gather together my notes on them and in time flesh the notes out with more detail. If you want it all faster get a copy of Kaffel, Ralph. Caucasian Prayer Rugs. London, UK. Laurence King in Association with Hali, 1998

The Vance Jordan Kazak Prayer Rug

Kazak Prayer Rug White prayernish la Markarian

Kazak Prayer Rugs

At the beginning of the 19th Century most of the land between Kazak and Erevan was part of the Erevan Khanate. This was the hereditary seat of the Qajar tribe. A massive shift occurred in a series of wars Russia moved through the Caucasus driving the Moslems south. These tribesmen were a mix of Qajar and Afshar and other Azeri Turks. By 1830 there were about 300 abandoned villages in northern Erevan. As the Moslems moved south the Armenians moved north taking the abandoned villages and their new homes. Because of the desperate need to make money Armenian weavers turned out a huge amount of rugs for export. Many of these rugs were prayer rugs

Marsali Rugs

Marsali Rugs are included in the Azeri group and may be very similar to Shirvan rugs. Daghestan Prayer rugs can look very similar but have a ribbed back where you may expect a flat back in a Azeri rug.

Antique Shirvan-Marasali Prayer Rug

 

The Hagop Manoyan Akstafa Prayer Rug

Akstafa Prayer Rugs

Akstafa rugs are made in the Azeri area north of Kazak and into the adjoining areas of Georgia. Akstafa rugs are closer to Shirvan rugs then they are to Kazak since the Akstafa rugs are Azeri and Kazak rugs are woven by Armenians.

For more information visit my Guide to Akstafa Rugs

Daghestan Prayer Rugs

Prior to the coming of the Russians Daghestan was only the Mountainous area of what is now Daghestan and the flat area near the sea was Derbent. When the Russians set up their administrative districts they combined the two and called it Daghestan. I should have more Daghestan rugs and I might. The problem is that Daghestan prayer rugs can look like Shirvan rugs or even Marsali rugs. The key to identification is that the Daghestan rugs have a deeply ribbed back. On a Kuba rug look for warp depression of about 45 to 70 degrees and Daghestan rugs to be over 70 degrees.

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