rug with so called "Gymyl" design, Kuba Region,
18 Gymyl Kuba district, Kuba 228 x 142 cm
The midnight-blue central field shows an elongated octagon medallion with
two adjoining sunbursts (kubpa or bashlyk) above and below. Palmettes,
rosettes, diamonds and other motifs, both small and large, fill the
The midnight-blue-ground main border comprises a row of birds in
counterset postures and varying colours. The embellishment of the birds'
plumage with stripes and dots is striking. According to L. Kerimov, this
bird border is characteristic of the second variety of Gymyl. Two broad
kabala naqish (kabala pattern) minor borders enclose the main border. A
further wide border with series of diamonds completes the border system.
Warps: Wool, Z 3 S, ivory.
Wefts: Wool, Z2, dark brown, 2 wefts: 1st straight, 2nd waved.
Pile: Wool, Z2, Pile Height:3.5mm. Kn: Sy3, \, 80 °, H50, V40 = 2,000
Knots / dm2.
Handle: Velours, almost thin, ribbed. Upper End: c. 0.5 cm blackish-brown
wool flat-woven end, 3 countered soumak rows.
Lower End: Like upper end, but only four soumak rows.
Selvedge: c. 1 cm blackish-brown wool shirazi around 3 ribs in
figure-of-eight wrapping with supplemental threads.
Colours: 10; red, brownish-red, dark brownish-red, light orange, dark
brownish-orange, blackish-brown, midnight-blue, blue, yellow-olive
Remarks: In this carpet, there is very good quality wool and good
knotting, but a lack of proportion between the numerous wide borders and
the strong ornamentation of the central field.
Literature: L. Kerimov II, colour plate 10.
published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian
rugs" plate no: 18