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Antique Caucasian Kuba rug, Azerbaijan, 19th century.

Ian Bennett's Oriental Rugs Volume I, plate 358

Here, the composition of the alternate open octagon and palmette rows is more diffused, and even the palmettes, which have been defined as highly stylised bird figures by some authors, are different. The piece has a border system perhaps more typical of Shirvan rugs, an all-wool foundation and blue overcast sides. An attribution to Chichi is doubtful and Peter Bausback, in his 1975 catalogue, illustrated a piece (p. 145) with a very
similar field design but a leaf-and-calyx border and cotton wefts, which he catalogued as Shirvan; certain structural features of the present piece, notably the blue sides and ribbed back, are traditionally held to indicate northern origin, but in appearance, an attribution to Shirvan makes more sense. Possibly first half 19th century. 153 x 94 cm (Lit: Ian Bennett's Oriental Rugs Volume I, p.358)


Note: Everything is about this rug is Kuba, from the design of the central field to the central, minor and inner border types, from the selvedge to the fringe. That is doubtless. I felt the urge to express my opinion here. The origin is one of the neighboring villages of Chichi, but more to the north-west. (VD)