Fachralo Kazak Rug, Southern Caucasus

Fachralo Kazak rug
from the southern Caucasus
circa 1880
Size: 158 x 113 cm

One the great classical designs that features prominently in 19th century Caucasian weaving is the so called ‘Fachralo’ design. It is found in coarser and longer pile Kazak rugs from the southern Caucasus and incorporates a very specific central medallion motif (a diamond superimposed on a square).
There is often a minimal quality with an absence of the myriad of smaller ‘infill’ motifs accompanying many other Caucasian rugs.
The best of Kazaks are characterised by their immediacy – bold motifs and vibrant colour, lending an almost barbaric quality to their presence. The palette here comprises beautiful pale blues and mottled greens, highly favoured amongst Caucasian rug enthusiasts.