Experts on European carpets tell me this is one of 7 or 8 known Ukraine carpets. This European carpet is represents the missing link between French Aubusson carpets of the 18th century and the Karabagh wonders of the late 19th. Woven in the first half of the 1800s in the Ukraine, then within the Russian Empire, this carpet is a firsthand response to French weavings. In turn its style was adopted and copied by the Armenians of Karabagh subsequently when the Russians expanded southwards into Caucasia. The field is really black whereas in Karabagh rugs it is very dark brown, leading me to suspect this was black sheep's wool being used. As unique a carpet as you will get! It was sourced in Kiev and came out of a household where it had been well preserved for generations (centuries!).
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