Village and Commercial Rugs from the Caucasus

Talesh Rug
Caucasus, 19th Century
114.3 x 238.8 cm (45 x 94 in.)
Anonymous loan

Carpets with this type of design (particularly the rosettes of the main border) are named for a district in the extreme southeastern corner of Azerbaijan. However, some experts believe that rugs of this type were actually woven in Karabagh, far from the Talesh region. The narrow, dark blue field framed by a broad, yet simple border, gives an impression of looking through a window into deep space, and conveys a feeling of contemplative calm.