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Rug

Type: For the Floor
Object Name: Rug
Place Made: North America: Canada
Period: Early 20th century
Date: 1905 - 1924
Dimensions: L 168 cm x W 105 cm
Materials: Wool; hemp
Techniques: Knotted pile
ID Number: T04.22.4
Credit: Gift of Madeleine Boucher Harvie

At first glance this rug, made by members of the Doukhobor community, looks like a typically Caucasian one, with its central medallion, loose pile and ram’s horn motifs in the borders. The design and size are roughly right, but the colours are wrong – brighter and more acid than the colours in traditional rugs from Caucasus Mountain regions like Azerbaijan and Armenia. And indeed, the rug does have a connection to the Caucasus region, stemming from the Doukhobor peoples’ sojourn there just before they immigrated to Canada at the beginning of the 20th century.

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