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Woven rugs

February 19, 2006|By Julie E. Greene

Three local collectors of Caucasian carpets have loaned several of their rugs to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park for an exhibition that is open through Sunday, April 23.

The carpets date back to the 1800s or earlier and range in value from $7,000 to $40,000, says Jerry Thompson, an Oriental rug dealer in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Thompson and his wife, Kaye, loaned 14 pieces to the display. The other two collectors are Hagerstown residents who wish to remain anonymous.

Some of the rugs on display are still used as floor coverings, while others decorate walls, Thompson says.

Carpet-weaving, on looms, was a major art form in the Caucasus region, Thompson says. That region, between the Black and Caspian seas and south of the Caucasus Mountains, is now known as Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Caucasian rugs, which are rare, feature a Turkish or symmetrical knot, Thompson says. The rugs from Southern Caucasus are more deeply piled and coarsely woven than their Eastern Caucasus counterparts, he says.

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Most of the 38 pieces on display were woven from yarn that was vegetable dyed, Thompson says. Some of the pieces contain synthetically dyed yarn.

These types of Caucasian rugs, made with vegetable dyes, are rare. Other types of dyes began being used circa 1880, Thompson says.




The exhibit "Caucasian Carpets" will be displayed through April 23 at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

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