Definition of Soumak in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsuːmak/


A rug or carpet made in the neighbourhood of Shemakha in Azerbaijan, distinguished by a flat, napless surface and loose threads at the back.
Example sentences
  • Much like the popular Kilim rugs, the Soumak is crafted in the flat woven style.
  • On close inspection, no single element is overly complex - only in the overall presentation does the true sophistication of this Soumak emerge.
  • All Soumaks have geometric patterns with many tribal motifs all around.


Early 20th century: perhaps an alteration of Shemakha (see above).

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