The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.

Rugs and trappings from the Caucasus

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Bound by the Caspian and Black Seas to its east and west, and bisected by soaring mountains, modern-day Caucasia consists of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, and the republics and federal regions of Russia. In the last 500 years, the Ottomans of Turkey and the Safavids of Persia from the south, Imperial Russia from the north, and the Caucasian inhabitants themselves have all fought over its territories.

The region has been populated by hundreds of different ethnic and religious groups, with …