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1341 AH / 1923 AD dated Kuba rug, North East Azerbaijan

17 Gymyl Kuba district, Kuba 180 x 125 cm

The midnight-blue centre shows two huge medallions with four big arms each, which contain smaller concentric medallions. In contrast to No 16, the medallions do not have any appendages since they fill the entire centre. Various rosettes, diamonds, squares, S motifs and sun gear motifs decorate the remainder of the centre. The main border on a midnight-blue ground consists of a bent, disrupted and intermittent meander of waves which is set off with large and square palmettes. It is flanked by an orange stripe of vine meanders on either side.

Warps: Wool, Z3 S, light ivory. Wefts: Wool, Z2, brown to dark brown, 2 wefts: 1st tighter, 2nd waved. Pile: Wool, Z2; Pile Height: 3.5mm. Kn: Sy3, \, 35', H50, V30 = 1,500 Kn/dm2.
Handle: Velours, not thin, ribbed. Upper End: 2 cm wool flat-woven end in plain weave with dark blue wool. Three rows of weft twining, one yellow row between two red ones. Groups of warps knotted together. Lower End: Like upper end, with flat-woven end in simple tapestry weave.
Selvedge: c. 1 cm wide dark-blue wool shirazi in figure-of-eight wrapping with supplemental threads. Some of them even extend into the fabric.
Colours: 10; dark brownish-red, dark pink, dark red-dish-brown, yellow, brown, blackish-brown, midnight-blue, dark green, olive, ivory. Condition: Good.

Literature: L. Kerimov II, ill. 126, p. 153.

published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs" plate no: 17