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.
published at Siyawouch
Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian
rugs" plate no: 59