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1311 AH / 1893 AD dated Kuba Alpan "Vase" rug, Alpan village, Northern Hillside Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

5'8" X 3'7" [m. 1.75 X 1.12]
Warp: wool
Weft: wool, two shoots after each row of knots
Knotting: Ghiordes, wool, 64 knots per square inch (1320 per dm.2)

Mountains are in the background and all the barnyard creatures one could wish are in the foreground. In the center are a pot, wineglasses, a horse or steer, very fat ducks, dogs, small birds, and possibly a couple of children. A large dog with a coat or saddle is in the middle of the top part of the rug.

Aside from the pastoral details of this rug, the colors were hand done and even now are rich and deep. The decorative details are a hodgepodge of styles. The hooks are like Kazaks; the stepped figures are Chichi; the rayed shapes are found throughout the Caucasus; the "T" shapes in the squares are Chinese; and the outside border is the classic Sejshour.

Lit: Luciano Coen & Louise Duncan's The Oriental Rug