Antique Soumak Carpet, Caucasus, late nineteenth centuryCaucasian flatwoven carpets in Sumak technique are famed for their rendering of classic Turkish medallion and Persian floral carpet designs. This extraordinary example, however, has what appears to be a very unusual allover red lattice design set against a soft blue ground, with radial patterns within each lattice compartment. A closer look, however, reveals that the design is a staggered pattern of blue diamond medallions closely together against a red field that hardly shows through. The crisp geometric drawing is precise and exacting, in the best tradition of Caucasian Soumaks. The floral rosette border, and minor vinescroll borders add a Persian touch, but with the same coloration and drawing as the field, giving the enire piece a remarkably unified decorative emphasis.
Style: Sumak / Soumak
Size: 10 ft 08 in x 15 ft (3.25 m x 4.57 m)