Guide to Bolnisi Bordjalou Rugs & Carpets
Bolnisi is also known as Jekatrinofeld, Yekatrinofeld, Ljuksemburg(i), Lyuksemburg(i) http://www.library.uu.nl/wesp/populstat/Europe/georgiat.htm
There are a number of distinctive types of rugs attributed to Bordjalu. Bordjalu was a khanate up until 1736 when Nadir Shah lost it to the Kingdom of Georgia. Bordjalu was made up of three districts, Marneuli, Gardabani and Bolnisi.
This group of distinctive latch hook rugs is a large body of distinctive rugs attributed to Bordjalu. I have come to believe that this group is from the Bolnisi district. I came to this by a round about method, We have three well documented anchor rug types in Bordjalu. Gardabani is represented by the Karayazy tpe rug. Of all the rugs Gardabani is least like the Bolnisi group. Then there is the Marneuli/Chobanker group. In there we have the pinwheel Kazaks and the Chobanker.
Bolnisi Bordjalou Kazak rug
Bordjalou Kazak rug, Southwest Caucasus, last quarter 19th century
6 ft. 6 in. by 4 ft. 6 in.
Bolnisi Bordjalu Kazak Rug
A Kazak rug, Southwest Caucasus,
Oxidized browns, minor foldwear, partially rewoven end guard borders, reselvaged,
Approximately 7ft. 8in. by 4ft. 4in. (2.34 by 1.32m.)
Bolnisi Kazak Rug first half 19th century
A Kazak rug, Southwest Caucasus
First half 19th century
Approximately 7 ft. 2 in. by 5 ft. (2.18 by 1.52m.)
Warp: wool, Z2S, ivory, pale brown
Weft: wool, Z2S (loosely plied), 3 - 5 shoots, red
Pile: wool, symmetric knot
Density: 7 - 8H, 6 - 7V
Sides: wool 2 cords of 2 warps each, overcast in red
Ends: Upper - 1 in. red kelim with two rows of brown pile near bottom, warp fringe. Lower - 3/4 in. red kelim, warp fringe.
Colors: madder red, pale to deep lapis, pine, teal green, maize, cardamon, ivory, pecan, badger brown, clover.
Small Border Bolnisi Bordjalou Kazak rug
Bordjalou Kazak rug, Southwest Caucasus, late 19th century
Staggered large concentric hooked diamonds in abrashed navy blue, dark red, gold, and blue-green on the ivory field. Narrow gold triangle motif border.
6 ft. 4 in. by 4 ft. 8 in.
A Bordjalou Kazak Rug last quarter 19th century
A BORDJALOU KAZAK RUG, SOUTHWEST CAUCASUS
MEASUREMENTS: approximately 6ft. 8in. by 6ft. (2.03 by 1.83m.)
DATE OF OBJECT: last quarter 19th century
Bolnisi Bordjalu Kazak
Bordjalu Kazak 194x152cm
A Bolnisi Bordjalou Kazak rug, circa 1870
A Bordjalou Kazak rug, Southwest Caucasus,
A Bordjalou Kazak rug, Southwest Caucasus, circa 1870, oxidized browns, minor losses to end guard stripes, foldwear, approximately 6 ft. 6 in. by 5 ft. 7 in. (1.98 by 1.70 m.)
Bolnisi Kazak Rug
A BORDJALOU KAZAK LONG RUG, SOUTHWEST CAUCASUS,
Approximately 8ft. 4in. by 3ft. 11in. (2.54 by 1.19m.)
Circa 1890 oxidized browns, repiling, reselvaged, sides and ends rewoven,
Bolnisi Bordjalu Kazak Rug
MEASUREMENTS - 255cm x 125cm