Caucasian Soumak flat weave rug was hand knotted in Turkey of 100% natural wool and has perfect, flat weave wool piles and is in like new condition. Beautiful colors with excellent quality. No holes, but new and soft with a gorgeous design. This rug was acquired from a Virginia estate. Cleaned and ready to be enjoyed.
Notes: Soumak is a tapestry technique of weaving sturdy, decorative fabrics used for rugs, domestic bags and bedding, with soumak fabrics used for bedding known as soumak mafrash. Soumak is a type of flat weave, somewhat resembling kilim, but with a stronger and thicker weave, a smooth front face and a ragged back, where kilim is smooth 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 embroidery-like pattern. The technique of making a soumak involves wrapping wefts over a certain number of warps (usually 4) before drawing them back under the last two warps. The process is repeated from selvedge to selvedge. The wefts are discontinuous; the weaver selects colored threads in turn, and wraps each within the area which is to have that particular color. Unlike kilim, the back is left ragged, with all the loose ends of the differently colored weft threads visible, sometimes several inches long, providing extra thickness and warmth Some late Soumaks made by the Kurds are however "weftless", lacking the structural weft support, and the stitches naturally overlap. Soumaks tend to be finely woven, and although not as durable as piled carpets, they are stronger than kilims. The soumak wrapping often covers the whole surface of a bag or rug, but it can equally be applied in decorative strips, contrasting with the plainer and thinner flatweave areas.
Provenance: Acquired from a Virginia estate
Dimensions: 8ft 0in x 9ft 9in
Medium: Handknotted Rug
Condition: Like New
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