Lori Pambak Kazak Rug
Estimated Age: circa 1900
Size: 8ft. 6in. by 6ft. 6in. (2.59 by 1.98m.)
Source: Sotheby’s (auction)
Sold for $8,750 on December 7, 2010, exceeding its estimate of $6,000-8,000
Antique Rug Description
The name Lori Pambak carries geographical significance. Pambak is a village found in the Lori region of northern Armenia near its border with Georgia. This attribution is supported by the rug of local elderly lady who grew up in Juja village, a formerly Azerbaijani village just within the northern border of Armenia. The entire village had to flee Armenia as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. She carried with her a rug she had woven much latter than this antique example, but it had the identical central medallion. Interestingly, Lori was integrated into the Borçalı administrative region in 1880, the same time period when rug weaving peaked in the region. Borçalı
A Lori Pambak designs always include three octagonal “guls”, or medallions, with hooked outlines. The central medallion always contains a dragon or frog inspired figure. The smaller two hooked octagons can vary from rug to rug, but in this case they enclose a star. This particular rug includes a border of alternating combs and stars typically found on Lori Pambak rugs. Various floating motifs fill the rich red field, including horses, water-bugs, and other random shapes.