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Renaissance of Antique Caucasian Rugs: The project aims to rediscover the long-forgotten secrets of Antique Caucasian Azerbaijani Rugs
"While looking at the bright colors and seductive patterns of antique Caucasian rugs, some kind of magical fascination takes one to the time when the weaver's eyes and hands were creating this piece of art and it draws the beholder to see what the weaver was seeing and to feel what the weaver was feeling..."
About the project & its purpose:
Could it be the impressive rich and harmonious colors? Maybe it is the diversity and abundance of archaic designs? Or maybe that’s the mystery of Caucasian rugs...
Whatever the reason
truth is that most of these precious rugs were woven more than a century
ago. The 19th century village and nomad weavers used the
traditions dating back at least to the 13th century and used designs that
belonged to their tribe and village, they generally inserted their own
ornaments and tribal symbols in the empty areas of the rug. But with the
establishment of the Soviet reign in Azerbaijan, the quality of rugs started
to fall, usage of natural dyes and handspun wool had dramatically decreased,
only some nomad and peasant weavers, who wove not for commercial purposes
but for their own families, used ancient traditional methods of their
ancestors in the beginning of the Soviet Period.
It was during World War II that
Azerbaijan’s village rug
weaving overall went into a decline from which it never completely
recovered. In the 1960's, carpet-weaving artels took over the village
hand-knotted rugs, and village weavers (except some remote mountainous
villages) were urged to use chemical dyes, to use machine-spun yarns and
even sometimes to imitate the look of machine-made carpets. In this way, the
tradition of the ancestors was mostly forsaken.
goal of reviving traditional designs and ancient rug making methods was not
easy to achieve, for many weavers had long relied on old ready-made patterns
of the Soviet carpet-weaving artels.
All the woven rugs follow strict quality control, though each of them must achieve an excellence in color, construction and overall design. A tag displaying the name of the weaver and trademark, also the structural data is affixed to each rug. Additional information about the historical and artistic analysis of the specific design is available upon the buyer’s request.
Also, it is important to emphasize that these rugs are setting new standards of excellence, socially, economically and aesthetically. Beside our workshop, we work with the local women who weave our rugs at their home as a natural part of the daily family routine, which improves their social and economic status. The resurrection of this ancient art has inspired these rug weavers to reach back to the finer craftsmanship - and the different way of seeing - of their grandmothers, in the days before chemical dyes. The results are not only new carpets that recall the rich color harmonies of the treasured nomad and peasant rugs of the past, but also changes in the patterns of their life. No child labour is allowed strictly.
Because of the limited scope of our project, relatively few rugs and flatweaves are produced and they are difficult to obtain. Though the project is growing and our rugs of original quality and standards are now collected internationally. Not only are these rugs practical, they also represent great value for money with a potential bonus as future collector's items.
Invigorating the ancient art and craft tradition of Azerbaijan people thus creates a source of national pride as well. These superior museum quality rugs have allowed us to boast that our rugs are indeed the antiques of the future and our project is the only one of its kind in the world from this point of view.
The XVIII century revived Caucasian Dragon
Handspun wool is one of the main reasons for colors to look different throughout the rug according to the direction of the pile
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