Highland Karabakh is a geographically and culturally peculiar region which was being colonized by Armenians since the 6th century BC. It is, de facto independent republic of the Caucasus, but officially part of Azerbaijan. Carpets made in Karabakh in the recent century were most influenced by French culture. This tradition developed due to the influence of the buyers from Europe and Russia. Carpet weavers from Karabakh were adapting colors and patterns to the tastes of the European and Russian buyers, thus those carpets are very distinct from the culture of the Karabakh people.