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1336 AH / 1917 AD dated antique Kuba Konagkend rug with Khan design,   Southern Mountainous Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

170 X 132 cm

The midnight-blue central field is decorated with staggered rows of lozenge-medallions constructed from a tangle of arabesque vines, which result in arabesque-palmettes. This composition is framed by a wreath of fabulous birds.

The main border is well-known from numerous Kuba carpets as sharni (Sham is the ancient name for Syria). The two light-ground minor borders are striking examples ulduzlu-zanjireh (star chain).

Warp: Wool, Z3S, dark beige (2 X ivory + 1X dark brown).
Weft: Wool (ivory and dark brown), cotton (white), silk (ivory), Z2, (Wool + Cotton), in at least 4 places Wool + silk, 2 wefts: 1st tight, 2nd waved.
Pile: W,Z2, Pile Height:3mm.
Knots: Symmetrical 2, / 25 , H60, V45 - 2700 Kn / dm2
Handle: Velvet-like, thin, lightly ribbed.
Upper End: c. 1 cm white cotton simple tapestry weave, then 1.2 cm warp-threads in small groups braided diagonally in 4 horizontal rows, fringes emerging at the top.
Lower End: Like upper end, but 1 row braiding.
Selvedge: Thin, round, white cotton shirazi.
Colours: 12; crimson, brownish-red, light red (mixed with brownish-red), light orange, yellow, blackish-brown, midnight-blue, blue, dark turquoise, dark green (mixed with white), light green (mixed yellow), ivory.
Condition: Good, though somewhat dry as a result of cleaning.
Remarks: This is an excellent piece with good colours and outstanding ornamentation.
Literature: L Kerimov II, ill. 165, p. 202; U. Schumann, lot: cit., p. 277, ill. 104

from Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs"