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Antique Kuba rug, Konagkend-Khynalyg District, Mountainous  Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan.

58 Jek
Konakhkend district, Kuba (the
district was dissolved in 1959)
290 X 120 cm
First quarter of the 20th century

The narrow dark-blue central field displays five sunburst medallions arranged in alternating rows depending on their colour. These medallions, composed ofideosyn-cratic rectangles, are characteristic of this type. Between the medallions are a multitude of small ornaments like hook-rimmed lozenges, stars, rosettes, crosses etc. The various kinds of birds are particularly striking, mainly the four large fabulous ones.

The four camels arranged in pairs on top of the first two medallions deserve special mention. L. Kerimov reports that camels are particularly prized domestic animals because they are indispensable for agriculture and transport of heavy loads and because they can travel even long distances without water or fodder. The camel is also regarded as a good omen. A common saying is, "When the camel dances, snow will enter the house." Snow means water, and for the inhabitants of deserts and dry regions, water is the most valuable of all things.

A double S border (probably a dragon motif) on a light ground constitutes the main border. Two minor borders with a row of brightly coloured stars flank the main border. Inside, there is an additional reciprocal triangle border.

Warp: Wool, Z3 S, dark ivory. Weft: Wool, Z2, light ivory and beige-brown, 2 wefts: 1st tight, 2nd waved. Pile: Wool, Z2, Pile Height: 5 mm. Knots: Symmetrical 2, /, 45 ", H 40, V35 = c. 1,400 Knots / dm2.
Handle: Velours, not thin, ribbed. Upper End: c. 4 cm wool flat-woven end, c. 1 cm soumak in dark blue, red, Ired (8-4), c. 3 cm groups of diagonally braided warp-threads. Lower End: Like upper end.
Selvedge: c. 1 cm blue wool shirazi around 2 ribs in figure-of-eight wrapping with supplemental threads extending into the fabric.
Condition: Except for oxidation of the blackish-brown, flawless.
Remarks: The green has faded to olive, the shades of light red, orange and yellow are not particularly beautiful.

Literature: L Kerimov II, colour ill. 28.

published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs" plate no: 58