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Antique Kuba long rug,  second half 19th century, Northern Hillside Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

6'5" x 4'5" [m. 1.96 X 1.36]
Warp: wool
Weft: wool, two shoots after each row of knots
Knotting: Ghiordes, wool, 102 knots per square inch [1600 per dm.2]

Although this tightly organized rug is crowded with Chinese symbols, it is redolent of the fresh charm of an English garden print. The colors are exquisite, and the two Sejshour borders as well as the field are striking but delicate. The flowers are red, pale blue, pink, white, and yellow on a dark blue background...

The rows in the field are made up of bats or butterflies, botehs, and flowers. The butterfly is a Chinese symbol for happiness and is here decorated with an arrow, often seen as a finishing touch in Chinese designs. Thie small "S" shape in the background is a stylization of the cloud motif, which is also Chinese. The boteh, is, of course, the most popular of Persian designs.

The dark background of this runner is a perfect foil for the intricacies of color it sets off.

published at Luciano Coen & Louise Duncan's The Oriental Rug
Lit: Luciano Coen & Louise Duncan's The Oriental Rug, plate 55