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Sheep Breeds of Azerbaijan

Sorting, Washing, Carding, Spinning

"The advantages of handspun yarn to machine spun yarn"

Rediscovery of Ancient Natural Dyes
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Antique Kuba Konagkend rug, Southern Mountainous Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

335 X 147 cm
1st quarter of 20th century

The midnight-blue central field is almost completely covered by two medallions on a red ground which are connected to one another. They each have an octagon (göl) on a midnight-blue ground in the centre. The six triangles with appendages on the sides are as characteristic of Konakhkend as the four octagons in the four corners of the central field.

The main border on a light blue ground consists of a bent, continuous and intermittent vine meander which is set off with large rosettes. Two respectively one additional stripe/s surround the main border. The two identical stripes consist of an alternating sequence of rosettes and birds' pounces. The inner border consists of a simple sequence of cross motifs which are enclosed by hexagons.

Warp: Wool, Z3 S, dark ivorv, fringes partially replaced.
Weft: Cotton, white + camel hair, brown, Z2, 2 wefts: 1st tighter, 2nd waved.
Pile: W, Z2, CH, Z2, Pile Height: 4.5 mm.
Knots: Symmetrical 2, / 65°, H 48-50, V35 = c.1575 -1750 Kn/dm2.
Handle: Velours, thin, ribbed.
Lower End: c. 1 cm dark brownish-red wool simple tapestry weave, extremely layered.
Selvedge: 0.5 cm wide white cotton shirazi around 2 ribs figure-of-eight wrapping with supplemental threads.
Colours: 11; dark brownish-red, dark brownish-orange, yellow, brown (CH), dark reddish-brown, blackish-brown, dark blue, blue, blue, light green, ivory.
Literature: L. Kerimov II, colour ill. 30.

from Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs"