002: Armenian Kakavik Rug

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Image of lush Armenian rug featuring partridges and roses. Text surrounding images describes motifs and design of Karabagh carpet.

Armenian Rugs

Armenian rugs tend to feature more curvilinear floral designs, with elaborate blossoms. They were traditionally created for the Russian markets, who tended to favor these types of designs.

Partridges (kakavik, pronounced gugku-veek) hold an important place in Armenian culture. They are featured often in Armenian poetry, and can be used for ceremonial purposes. 

Multi-Cultural Caucasus

The Caucasus is home to a variety of ethnolinguistic groups. Nagorno-Karabakh is a deeply contested territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan, with conflicts over the area as recent as 1993. Although this rug was woven in Azerbaijan, the population of the Karabakh region is majority Armenian. Karabagh means “black garden”, so fittingly rugs from this region tend to have black fields, with floral borders and designs. 

We sourced our information from Oriental Rugs by Murray L. Eiland Jr., Rugs of the Peasants and Nomads of Anatolia by W. Brüggemann, Hali Magazine, and consulted local Armenian friends and dealers.

Thanks for being part of our Heirloom community!

If you’d like to see more about this Armenian Partridge Rug, you can here on our site.

– Zach, Lynn, Nathalie & Sam

*above language map re-illustrated by Lynn Hunter based on the ‘Le Monde Diplomatique’ map by Phillip Rekacewicz

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