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1320 AH (1902 AD) dated Kuba or Shirvan rug, "Lamp" design, North East Azerbaijan

63 Shirvan
395 X 173 cm

Dated in the upper white
medallion: 320 and 31, either
1320 = 1902 or 1332 = 1913

The midnight-blue central field consists of three simple vertical and nine horizontal rows of giant palmettes (kubpa) in alternating colours. In the opinion of L. Kerimov, these göls consist of vegetable and animal elements. A great number of hook-rimmed lozenges, crosses, stars, rosettes and animals are interspersed among them. The large fabulous birds are particularly striking. They are quite individualised, with dotted bodies, quilled throats, and crests on their heads.
The light-ground main border dominates and is termed hörmeh naqish according to L. Kerimov. Two narrow, red-ground S zanjireh minor borders flank the main border.

Warps: Wool, Z 3 S, beige to brown.
Wefts: Cotton Z2, white, 2 wefts: 1st tight, 2nd waved.
Pile: Wool, Z2; Camel hair, Z2. Pile Height: 5 mm.
Knots: Symmetrical 2,A 75', H 30, V30 = 900Kn / dm2.
Handle: Velours, almost thin, ribbed. Upper End: -. now 1.5 cm Wool flat-woven end, plain weave, 1 row weft twining, fringes in groups knotted in 3 staggered rows. Lower End: Like upper end.
Selvedge: c. 0.8 cm light blue cotton shirazi around 3 ribs in figure-of-eight wrapping with supplemental threads extending partly into the fabric.
Remarks: Kilim pattern, the orange and light red colours are weak.

Literature: Not identified by L. Kerimov.
published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs" plate no: 63