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

59 Jek
Konakhkend district, Kuba (the
district was dissolved in 1959)
310 X 121 cm
1st quarter of the 20th century

The elongated midnight-blue central field displays six instead of the usual five medallions. These medallions, like those of the previous piece, are also based on rectangles which are characteristic for this family. One must not confuse these medallions with Alikhanly medallions. As in the case of the previous rug, numerous scattered ornaments and various birds are woven in belween the medallions. The main border on a light ground consists of alternating rows of large lozenges with cut off tips and small hexagons rimmed with double-hooks. The external minor border is identical to that of the previous rug.

This rug depicts neither camels nor rose-water pitchers (gulabdan). These pitchers were used to sprinkle water on the hands of mourners who came to express their condolences on the 1st, 3rd, 7th and 40th day after the death. L. Kerimov also reports that in this village, as in the region of Kazak, it was customary to cover the coffin with a carpet which displayed a gulabdan.

Warp: Wool, Z3 S, beige-brown (2 x ivory + 1 X brown).
Weft: Wool, Z2, dark brown and ivory, 2 wefts:1st tight (mostly dark brown), 2nd waved (mostly ivory).
Pile: Wool,Z2,Pile Height:5mm.
Knots: Symmetrical 2, / 45 , H 40, V 35 = c. 1,400 Kn/dm2.
Handle: Velours, not thick, ribbed.
Upper End: c. 2 cm dark blue wool simple tapestry weave,fringes in groups knotted in 5 staggered rows.
Lower End: c. 2.5 cm dark blue wool simple tapestry weave, fringes like upper end, but in 4 rows.
Selvedge: c. 1 cm dark blue woolen shirazi around 2 ribs in figure-of-eight wrapping with supplemental

Remarks: The colours are not first-rate. The elongated format is characteristic of this family as well. Literature: L Kerimov II, colour ill. 28.
published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs" plate no: 59