Sign Up and Save 10%
RugKnots is now introducing its collection of Kazak Oriental Rugs at up to 60% discount on all items. From the pioneers of exclusive Oriental rug-trade inspired by tradition and modern global fusion, Antique Kazak Rugs are now up for grabs at our online store.
Intricate designs bolded by the richness of colors, Kazak Rugs are a unique blend of luxury and simplicity. The overall feel warm and cozy and could easily fit into any living space. But before you get too excited and shop at our Kazak Rugs Sale, we will help you learn everything you need to know about Kazak Oriental Rugs.
What Are Kazak Rugs?
Kazak Rugs, initially woven in the south of Caucasus, Armenia, are some of the best-selling carpets all over the world. These rugs, usually woven by women of Caucasian communities in Armenia, Russia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, produced hand-knotted rugs of top-notch quality for decades. The designs and patterns vary based on the geographical location where weavers created and sold these rugs.
Inspired by Russian and Caucasian carpets, over the years, Pakistan engineered the art of producing Caucasian Oriental Carpets characterized by beautiful geometric patterns. The colors remain quite the same as in the old Caucasian rugs. Red, blue, and beige or yellow are the dominant shades giving a touch of boldness to the simple pattern of these rugs. To give them an antique effect, these carpets are stonewashed for a worn-out look.
Where Are Kazak Rugs Made?
Located in the Northwest of Azerbaijan is a small city of Kazak, also known as Quazak or Ghazak. The name Kazak originates from here even though the rug-making community extends to parts of Caucasus. Today, the biggest sellers of these hardwearing carpets are Pakistan, Armenia, and Afghanistan. Their designs are an influence of primitive Caucasian artwork.
These rugs, originally made in the 18th century by the people from the city of Caucasus, Azerbaijan, have always been representative of grandeur. However, the skill of brilliant rug making extended to different regions of the area, resulting in a blend of traditional patterns and color combinations. If we can relate a single culture exclusively to the Kazak, it would be the Armenian culture. People from the Caucasus, Armenia dictate the making of Kazak Carpets and the women from this area stand responsible for the establishment of Kazak.
Kazak Rugs are not a work of a single tribe or community. The origin of Kazak carpets is a brilliant mix of primitive art from all regions of Caucasus. The people of Kazak have gained popularity for their far-reaching influence in the area that is evident in the designs and patterns of Kazak Contemporary Rugs.
The Hazara community in Pakistan still regularly practices the making of Kazak Oriental Carpets. Homeowners from all over the world buy the knotted works of these manufacturers, some of their famous designs being part of the exclusive Kazak Collection Rugs at RugKnots. Even after centuries have passed, today’s weavers incorporate the old designs and weaving techniques of the original Kazak weavers.
What Do We Know About the Different Styles of Kazak Rugs?
Kazak carpets are of three different styles. Each one differs from the other based on the geographical area of their creation.
Bordjalou Kazak Rugs
These Caucasian Rugs originate from the region that lies at the south of Tiflis. These are hardwearing rugs woven coarsely and sporting simplistic patterns. Rugs from the south of Bordjalou are large rugs with a short pile and patterns that are comparatively more formal. Bordjalou Kazak rugs have more ivory, red, and blue colors in their patterns.
Afghan Kazak Rugs
The Afghan Kazak Carpets mostly feature a blend of black, white, grey, or red. In the earlier days, Afghan weavers only had access to these dyes; hence, they feature in most of the early Afghan rug creations. However, with time they had easier access to different color dyes, better weaving tools, and trade resources. As a result, the versatility of their art increased and added diversity to their rug creating endeavors.
The new Afghan Kazaks are in colors of red, indigo blues, and several shades of ivory depicting a warm and cozy appearance. They are truly a more modernized version of the traditional Caucasian carpets.
Pakistani Kazak Rugs
Highlighted by their floral motifs and bold hues of reds, blues, greens, and yellows, Pakistani Kazaks are very similar to Shirvan Rugs. Sporting a more contemporary version of the olden Caucasian designs, Pakistani Kazak Carpets are vibrant and give off an antique feel. Made from natural dyes and Ghazni handspun wool, these rugs are one of the best-sellers at RugKnots. Pakistan Kazak Rugs blue 8 x 10 are sold all over the world in this standard size.
What Are the Prices of Antique Kazak Rugs?
Antique Kazak Rugs feature amazing geometric shapes, vibrant colors, and high knot density. Weavings represent specific villages and towns of the Caucasus and the diversity in the patterns and designs of weavers from all over Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
The best examples of Antique Kazak Rugs are prized possessions and traded for thousands of dollars. These rugs have a special appeal because of the highly saturated colors. Due to the usage of organic dyes, these rugs have an incomparable aesthetic value which is very distinctive from other rugs.
Heavily linked with archetypal motifs and iconic styling, Antique Kazaks are a prime example of tradition doused in striking colors. The most exquisite collection of Kazak antique rugs originates from the Kazak region of the Caucasus between the 18th and 19th centuries. The people there have upheld an unparalleled reputation for bringing exciting colors, all-natural dyes, and unique designs to the rug industry.
Antique Kazak carpets were the creations of both Christian and Muslim communities residing in the Caucasus. Most of these rugs proved to be invaluable in terms of their monetary worth and collected for years by rug enthusiasts all over the world. To this day, homeowners and designers all around the globe seek out and collect these rugs as cherished treasures.
Kazak Rugs: Colors, Designs, and Weaving Techniques
Kazak carpet designs carry a large influence by the different Caucasian communities that initially began weaving them. These carpets usually consist of big geometric patterns with a more subdued color backdrop making the designs stand out. This design technique makes Kazak mattings stand out from other carpets on the market.
The colors used in the making of Kazak runners are vibrant and lively. Each rug has about five to seven different shades for a more vivid and bold appearance. The colors used in their making are shades of red, green, and blue with a backdrop that’s usually a shade of ivory. The color scheme draws the attention of rug enthusiasts towards the geometric patterns scattered all over the carpet. Some of these patterns are simple polygons, some squares, diamonds, and medallions. Sometimes, they also feature simplified sketches of animals, trees, and floral motifs.
Whether contemporary or truly antique, all Kazak Rugs feature an antique and worn-out look. These rugs have a dense and tightly knotted base woven with fine quality wool and wefts and wraps made from cotton. Each Kazak runner has a minimum of 100 knots per sq. inch.
The most incredible thing about Kazak Rugs is that no two rugs ever look the same. They vary in richness of color, polish, and patterns. Average sized Antique Kazak Rugs take a lot of time to finish with a minimum crafting period of nine months.
The Evolution of Kazak Rugs
In ancient times, Kazak carpets were a symbol of luxury and prestige. High-end Kazak rugs 8x10, initially woven with strands of silver and golden thread brought warmth and splendor to homes. As a symbol of class and elegance, people placed these rugs in churches, palaces, and mansions. Highly recognized for their luxury, people not only placed them as floor coverings but also hung from walls of the homes of the elite. Some also placed them on the throne or at the feet of the king to honor him.
During all ages, Kazak carpets have been popular for their striking aesthetic, saturated all-natural dyes, and their antique beauty. Kazak carpets have styles and patterns matching those of Shirvan, Nahavand, and Hamadan. They are hand-knotted Persian and Oriental rugs known specifically for their high knot density.
While the methods might have only slightly evolved, the essence of Kazak rugs remains the same. To this day, Kazak Oriental and Persian rugs are a testament of quality, durability, and grandeur.
The Making of Kazak Rugs in All Available Sizes
The precious Kazak carpets are available in various shapes and sizes. It requires about 9,216,000 knots and 12,288 hours of labor for one weaver to complete the weaving of a single Kazak carpet. The different sizes of Kazak carpets include mattings, runners, small and large area carpets, high-end Kazak Rugs 8 x 10, normal room rugs, and large hall room carpets.
The most popular carpet sizes include small area rugs of 4x6 and 8x10 Oriental rugs.
Ideas to Decorate Your Room with Kazak Rugs
Kazak Rugs are some of the most valued artifacts of the Central Asian culture. They are a symbol of aristocracy amongst the Central Asian elites. They add a touch of class and tradition to a room. Beautiful geometric patterns are the ultimate definition of Kazak Carpets. Sometimes, you may even find traditional motifs, medallions or stylized animal and human figures on Kazak carpets.
Interior designers use a blend of colors and minimalistic design schemes that make these rugs distinctive and beautiful. Traditional Kazak carpets have excellent durability due to organic dyes used by weavers. The deep reds and blues dyed in to the fabric of these carpets can last up to decades and centuries.
A Kazak carpet would look exceptionally well in a room with neutral tones and a somber mood. The vivid and unique ruby reds of the Kazak will dial up the brightness of the room. Kazak carpets are predominantly in vibrant and bold colors. So, to place them in a room of deep red and dark purple tones will make them clash with each other and the room will look more crammed than it really is.
People’s opinions vary when it comes to decorating their homes with fine pieces of Kazak carpets and mattings. Some love to pair up their minimalistic furniture with flashy Kazak mattings, while others prefer to pair them up with heavy furniture in neutral tones.
Most professional interior designers believe that pairing simple furniture items with Kazak mattings will set off the luxury of a classical Kazak carpet. Others prefer to pair up these precious pieces of textiles with more traditional furnishings from diverse origins.
A classical piece of Kazak carpet also features as a centerpiece in a lot of designer homes.
How Pakistan Reproduces Traditional Kazak Rugs
The Pakistan rug-trade industry has mastered the art of making and selling rugs. Today, Pakistan is one of the biggest sellers of original and reproduced Oriental carpets. The reproduced carpets, designed from traditional motifs and geometrical patterns, are a work of art by Pakistani rug manufacturers. One of the famous Kazak reproductions by Pakistan is Ziegler.
The newer Kazaks from Pakistan are sold worldwide for astronomical sums in auctions. But RugKnots brings you these carpets at a fair deal. Browse through our collection of Kazak Rugs on Sale and purchase original and reproduced Kazak carpets at reasonable prices.
A lot of care is put into the creation of these pieces to keep the traditions from ancient Kazak weavers alive. Manufacturers use natural plant dyes and handspun wool to make these rugs. They try to incorporate the same old weaving techniques in their creations to match the mastery of hundreds of years ago. At the end of the production process, manufacturers treat these carpets with rocks to give them an antique and faded look. Stonewashing is one of the most popularly practiced techniques employed to wear out the pile and give carpets a touch of old age.
Today, it takes a critical and well-trained eye to be able to separate the original Kazak Rugs from Pakistani recreations. This in itself is a symbol that the Pakistan Oriental Rug industry has outdone itself.