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Antique Derbend rug with the striped field, published at Luciano Coen & Louise Duncan's "The Oriental Rug", plate no: 37

mid-19th century, 7'2" x 3'7" [m. 2.23 X 1.12]
Warp: wool

Weft: wool, two shoots after each row of knots
Knotting: Ghiordes, wool, 130 knots per square inch [2100 per dm.3]

One of the most popular designs in history has been stripes, plain, gaudy, quiet, or vibrant. Designed to accommodate any environment, they have been used on doth from French muslin to the most opulent of brocades.

Characteristic of the Islamic region, these stripes are not regular. The basic pattern is black, yellow, blue, white, red, white, but this sequence is varied three times in the top half of the rug to include pink and green. The stripes are decorated with bicolored squares at intervals alternating with the ones on the next stripe. The strength of the rug lies in the bright show of many colors displayed in a controlled manner.

The main border is a variation of the dragon border in Plates 34 and 36, and the other two borders are a very simplified version of the vine and leaf.

This piece is a fascinating design. Other areas of the Caucasus that use stripes are the Karabagh district, where the Schuscha tribe decorates them with botehs; the Gendje; the Shirvan, where they are sometimes used in prayer rugs, and the Baku, where they are indicated by botehs alone (see Plate 40). In all of these cases the stripes are on the diagonal, used as a counterpoint against the vertical and horizontal borders. There are also stripes that run parallel to the borders from the Baku and Kuba regions and on runners from the Karabagh (see Plate 43).