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Kuba Afshan carpet in a blue ground

Code: KUAFS013

Size: 163x217cm

Size (ft): 5'4"x7'1"

Area: 3.53 m2

Density: totally ~570 000 knots

Colors: red, royal blue, mauve/old purple, medium blue, yellow, cinnamon, lawn green, dark green, midnight blue, aubergine, maroon, ivory, dark brown, medium brown, coral, apricot.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), onion skins, indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural dark brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool, natural medium brown sheep wool.

Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and ivory wool wefts (two shots). 1cm of flatwoven kilim ends at both sides. - wool on wool

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height:

Ends: five rows of decorative knotted meshwork

Inscriptions: 1439 (weaving date), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe, the word "Kuba"

Weaver: Peri, Rana

Weaving Period:

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: The indigo blue central field comprises 25 serrated vine leaves and stepped lozenges containing the endless knot motif. They are arranged in 8 staggered horizontal rows and in three vertial columns. In between, there are various archaic and tribal motifs including combs, human being, animal and bird figures. Dated 1436

The main border carries the Kufic/Kufesque pattern. The word ‘Kufic’ or ‘Kufi’ refers to an earliest form of Arabic calligraphy and it consists of a modified form of the old Nabataean script. The script was called ‘Kufi’ because it was developed in the end of the 7th century in Kufah, Iraq. It was the main script used to copy Qur'ans until the 11th century. Originally, the script was angular and staccato, but later a floral Kufi was developed, and then several other varieties, including foliated Kufi, knotted Kufi, and square Kufi. Eventually, it seems, the word ‘Kufic’ came to denote any form of ornamentation based on calligraphy—a word art—including both highly decorative scripts and purely geometric, abstract ones.
Seljuk rug fragment carries an early version of Kufic border pattern, 13th century, Konya, Turkey. TIEM.

A carpet with a pseudo-kufic border is depicted in this Jalayirid manuscript, XIV century, Tabriz school, From "Kalila wa Dimna"

A small pattern Holbein carpet fragment, (XVI century) carries a Kufic pattern border. Berlin Museum

Turkic archer, XVI century manuscript

Endless knot motif - symbolizing how everything is connected to each other in the Universe. It is also believed to be an old ward against the fixed gaze of the evil eye.

Kochak motif - the word derives from the Turkic word "koç" for the male sheep, the ram. Different variations of the motif are used in Anatolian, Caucasian and Central Asian rugs.  The design is a derivative of the ram’s horn motif.

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