Shirvan Soumak 1489

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3' 4″ x 5' 3″       The Shirvan Soumak from the Caucasus region in Asia consists of a collection of six panels each with a different design and color scheme. What makes this Shirvan Soumak so desirable to collectors of Caucasian rugs is the very unique design and the use of vegetable dyes which over time develop a beautiful hue. This item can be used as a tapestry on the wall to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Soumak (also spelled Soumakh, Sumak, Sumac, or Soumac) is a tapestry technique of weaving strong and decorative textiles used as rugs and domestic bags. Baks used for bedding are known as Soumak Mafrash. Soumak is a type of flat weave, somewhat resembling but more robust and thicker than kilim, with a smooth front face and a ragged back, whereas kilim is soft on both sides. Soumak lacks the slits characteristic of kilim, as it is usually woven with supplementary weft threads as continuous supports.  The technique involves wrapping colored weft threads over and under the warp threads, adding strength and an embroidery-like pattern.

Dimensions:  3' 4″ x 5' 3″
Date of Manufacture:   3rd Quarter of the 1900s
Place of Origin:  Caucasus
Material:  Wool pile on a wool foundation
Condition:  Wear consistent with age and use

SKU: 1489

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