Description & Technical information

A shadda: a Caucasian embroidered blanket.

The Caucasian tradition is spontaneous, a handicraft made by simple villagers. It is not so much refinement as identity values and originality that makes them valuable. It often was a family story and these home-made rugs were produced in limited sizes

The Soviet Russian invasion changed the situation. The working surrounding and atmosphere drastically changed. People were asked to forget about rural handicraft and were asked to work in strict organized workplaces. Naïve inspiration was replaced by industrial planning. The individuality of the rugs was taken over by a collective work, designed on paper, aiming for perfection and regularity, the Caucasian carpet became: all the opposite of what made the charm of the village production. They became stiff, rigid, almost lifeless.
The samples of the 19th century and very beginning of the 20th century are a valuable testimony  of identity lost and days of yore.

Date:  Around 1930
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Caucasus
Medium: warp and weft: wool, warp wrapping technique
Dimensions: 327 x 177 cm (128⁷/₁₀ x 69³/₄ inches)
Categories: Textiles