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14 Sept. - 6 Nov. 2010 Galerie KELIM, Würzburg

"Woven Treasures from the Caucasus"

Antique Flatweaves and Carpets H

The Caucasus has been home to a great many tribes and their cultures from the early days until today. Some groups settled in the region in the course of several migration periods while others have been living in the Caucasus for thousands of years. Since many areas are rather isolated, textile art could remain multifaceted until the late 19th century, with each valley developing and pursuing its own individual style.

The exhibition highlights the diversity of textile culture. Most exhibits are from the early 19th to the early 20th century.

Caucasian knotted carpets and flatweaves have been exported to Europe and America since the mid 19th century. Although we have always been familiar with their motifs and patterns we hardly know anything about the symbols in knotted and woven textiles made for personal requirements.
When nomadic culture came to its end these textiles became meaningless and were no longer produced. The exhibition wants to demonstrate and explain the ancient context of nomadic culture and Caucasian textile art.

saddle bag (Soumak)
southeastern Caucasus, 19th ct. by Shahsavan
78 x 25 cm

bag (Soumak)
Caucasus (Karabagh)19th ct., by Schahsavan?

42 x 42 cm

salt bag
Lezghistar design, (Soumak)
northeast Persia, (Khamseh), end 19th ct., by Shahsavan

48 x 34 cm

bag panel (Soumak)
northeast Caucasus, Daghestan, 19th ct.

40 x 35 cm

Mafrash (front panel)
southeast Caucasus, 19th ct., by Shahsavan

Soumak part: 85 x 40 cm, (complete: 90 x 87 cm)

Caucasus, reg. Karabagh, 19th ct., knotted

310 x 125 cm

central Caucasus (Shirvan), 19th ct., knotted

290 x 130 cm