Over the centuries, many diverse peoples settled in the mountainous region known as the Caucasus. South of the majestic Caucasus mountains, between the Caspian and Black Sea, magnificent yet humble rugs were woven in the towns, valleys and slopes of the mountain villages. Widely known for their bright colors and bold designs, Caucasian rugs have long been appreciated in America and Europe. Designs are usually stylized geometric interpretations of floral patterns and other elements of nature. Most where made in smaller to medium sizes.