Antique Dagestan Oriental Rugs
The northeastern Caucasian district of Dagestan, or Daghestan, and its capital city Makhachkala produced rugs that often included a central field featuring repeated geometric figures in a trellis-like - or diamond - pattern (sometimes striped) flanked by a series of symmetrical geometric-patterned borders. Principal rug color schemes were blue, yellow and white with weave density ranging from coarse to moderately coarse i.e. 50 - 100 Turkish knots per square inch.
The Antique Dagestan Rug
This example (below) of an antique carpet produced in Daghestan circa 1890 shows a similar lattice work design or Trellis-like pattern (in the field of the rug) as the above rug, and the more typical diagonal shaped figures (often bars) in the larger border band.
The Rug-Producing Region of Dagestan
The republic of Daghestan (now Russia) is situated in the North Caucasus mountains and is bordered on its eastern side by the Caspian Sea and to the south by Azerbaijan. Predominantly mountainous, it is a land rich in natural resources including oil, natural gas, coal, and many other minerals. Although the name Dagestan literally means Land of Mountains, with over 1,800 rivers and 250 miles of coastline along the Caspian, it is also a land with an abundant supply of mineral-rich water.
With a population of 3 million Dagestan is Russia's most heterogeneous, ethnically-diverse republic that, although Russian is the official language, features more than 30 commonly-spoken local languages. Prominent among these languages (and groups) are the Avar, Dargin, Kumyk, Lezgian, Laks, Azerbaijani, Tabasaran and Chechen. For all its diversity Daghestan remains, politically - volatile.
Currently Nejad is offering the following antique Dagestan carpets for sale: Caucasian Dagestan