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Antique Kuba rug with so called "Gymyl" design, Mountainous Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

19 Gymyl, Kuba district, Kuba 188 X 138 cm, early 20th century

The dark-blue centre is dominated by two octagons on a light blue ground. Both show crown-shaped patterns as appendages which are surrounded by a wreath. Various octagons, rosettes etc. complement the remainder of the central field. The main border on dark-blue ground consists of an alternating sequence of two different palmettes. Two stripes of vine meanders on a brownish-red ground flank the main border. A dark-blue S border completes the outside of the carpet.

Warps: Wool, Z3 S, dark ivory.
Wefts: Wool, Z2, dark brown, brown, dark ivory, 2 wefts: 1st straight, 2nd waved.
Pile: Wool, Z2, dark brown, in parts red Z3, Pile Height: 3.5 mm.
Knots: Sy3, \,85,H60, V40 = 2,400 Knots / dm2.
Handle: Velours, almost thin, ribbed. Upper End: c. 1 cm Wool flat-woven end; 3 rows of blue wool soumak (countered and plain (Z2)soumak 4:2) followed by 4 rows in ivory. Lower End: like upper end.
Selvedge: c. 0.5 cm wide and blue wool shirazi around two ribs in figure-of-eight wrapping with supplemental threads. Colours: 15; dark brownish-red, dark red, dark pink, dark brownish-orange, dark beige, dark brown, brown, dark reddish-brown, blackish-brown, blackish-blue, blue, dark turquoise, olive, dark olive, ivory. Condition: Flawless. Literature: L. Kerimov II, colour ill. 10.

published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs" plate no: 19