Kasak (Bordjalou o Fachralo?)
Size: m. 1,70 x 1,36 - 5’7” x 4’5”
Age: end of XIX century.
The rug is a prayer Kasak attributed to the Bordjalou or Fachralo villages.
I am personally very fond of the geometrical mihrab, made up of three segments, same as the re-entrant motif in the lower part of the field.
The field is based on two rhomboid medallions arranged vertically and two hexagons decorated with the “tree of life” motif stylized in the “armenian way” ( see R. Kaffel, Caucasian Prayer Rugs, Hali Pub Ltd, London 1998, pg 44).
The border has a double confronting dragons frame.
The rug is made of lustrous and soft wool. This quality is typical of wool coming from high-grazing mountain sheep and is thus very high in lanolin content, making it soft and pliable.