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Antique Karaja runner

Dated 1922
417 × 105 cm 13’8” x 3’5”


A vivid and extremely colourful antique Karaja runner which uses designs you would see in Caucasian rugs woven in Azerbaijan.  Chemical dyes were introduced around 1880 and often can be found in rugs from this region, and this runner has used these bright and bold early dyes.  Woven with a very unusual grey tone background.

This antique runner has actually been signed by the weaver and woven with the date, it seems to work out in the islamic calendar to be 1922 which would definitely align with with the bright dyes.  So exactly 100 years old this year!

Condition is very good, a great soft wool pile all over, the runner is tribal so it doesn’t sit completely straight, but with our underlay it could be manipulated to straighten out some more.  A very interesting piece and available now.

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Heriz and Karaja are areas in Persia not far from the Azerbaijan Border so they draw influences from many Caucasian rugs and runners. They are easily recognisable with repeating medallions similar to those in caucasian rugs. The central motif is often the latch-hooked design motif or an eight-pointed star.  The village weavings of Karaja such as this runner often use a simpler repeating medallion design with a great array of colour.

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