Tree of Life Kazak
Estimated Age: circa 1870
Size: 7ft. by 4ft. 7in. (2.13 by 1.40 m.)
Source: Bonhams (auction)
Sold for $4,112 on March 15, 2005
Antique Rug Description
The “tree Kazak” or “tree of life” rug has many antique examples displaying the exact same potted trees with diamonds in the trunk and an angular, latticed branch pattern. The variation within this rug family comes from the number of tree columns (one in this case, with minor sub-trees), and the presence or absence of octagonal medallions beside the trees (absent in this example). They always have a red field with alternating blue and white trees.
This example has a large variety of smaller elements ranging from animals to stars. It is fun to see the random shapes the weaver used to fill in empty space in the field. The border is filled with a simple box pattern in various colors. The plant forms of “tree Kazaks” provide a nice contrast from the typical medallions of other design families.