Soumak, circa 1920
6'9" x 4'
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A Soumak carpet is a handwoven rug created using a tapestry technique of weaving. These rugs are also spelled as Soumakh, Sumak, Sumac, or Soumac. Their weaving is strong and resemble Kilim rugs somewhat in their texture. These flat-weave rugs are however stronger and thicker than Kilims. The textiles uses are decorative in nature. Soumaks are at times used to create domestic bags. Soumak carpets are originally made in the Caucasus, Southern and Western Persian including Luristan, Turkish Anatolia, by the Shahsavan tribe and the Kurds in North Western Persia, and by the Baloch people on the Persia–Afghanistan border.
Older carpets (antique or vintage) are rugs that date back to the last 100 years. Rugs that are 50 to 99 years of age are referred to as semi-antiques. They are typically crafted with hand-spun wool and eco-friendly organic dyes, which have a luminous surface, providing an illusion of depth. They have a wonderful patina and character which cannot be usually captured in a newer piece. Each antique carpet is different, as they are found in every type of home and add warmth to pristine and minimalist spaces.
Oriental & Persian carpet designs began to change at the turn of the 20th century, as Western influence expanded across the Middle East. At the time, the native cultural designs began to lose their authenticity because their ability to maintain traditional designs diminished. As the Industrial Revolution came about, preserving traditional master craft techniques became more of a challenge.
- Antique rugs are made of natural fibers such as, wool, cotton and silk. New rugs are made from a variety of fibers including synthetic and natural fibers such as, mercerized cotton, faux silk often called "Art Silk", silk blends and artificial fibers such as, olefin.
- If the rug has signs of wear but still appears to be vibrant, this is an indication of a genuine antique carpet.
- For insurance purposes, you should always obtain a Certificate of Authenticity from the dealer, which should include the size, origin, age, style, materials, knot density, condition and estimated retail value.
- An authentic Oriental rug will not have a brand name associated with it and it will not be hand-tufted.