This antique Caucasian Soumak has traditional bold red and blue colors, combined with an intricate three medallion center.
One of the most familiar types of antique weaving from the Caucasus region is the Soumak. These were produced in a wide array of designs, but generally they are characterized by a detailed and precise drawing applied to highly abstract or stylized geometric patterns, using a rich and varied palette.
Soumaks are flat woven rugs and their weaving technique is related to that of kilims, but it is somewhat more complex, thicker in handle, and more durable as floor covering. As opposed to Kilim technique, Soumak weave runs the yarns around the warps in a twisting pattern, thus creating a unique Caucasian masterpiece.