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Antique Kuba "Bird" rug, late 19th century, possibly Alpan or one of the surrounding villages, Northern Hillside Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

8'9" X 4'4" [m. 2.72 X 1.35]
Warp: wool
Weft: wool, two shoots after each row of knots
Knotting: Ghiordes, wool, 90 knots per square inch [1450 per dm.2]

The design is multicolored on a dark background. The medallions are rayed in pink or white, consecutively, and their centers are green, blue, yellow, and red; these colors are repeated in the field decorations.

The inside border is primarily red, decorated by crabs in blue, green, yellow, pink, and white. The outside border is a good example of the antique Sejshour running dog. The design is in dark blue on a white background with incidental touches of red.

published at Luciano Coen & Louise Duncan's The Oriental Rug
Lit: Luciano Coen & Louise Duncan's The Oriental Rug, plate 53