Antique Kuba rug
with a beautiful green ground, this type of rugs were woven in the
Mountainous Kuba villages such as Khynalyg, Budag, Söhüb,
Gyryz, Derk, Talish and etc., North East
Konakhkend district, Kuba (the district was dissolved in 1959)
229 X 100 cm
Middle of the 19th century
Serrated lozenges in staggered rows appear on the green ground of the
central field. The light-ground main border is the familiar shamdan
(candelabra). This border is flanked by minor borders of reciprocal crenels
(madakhil) and rosettes. A narrow, white-ground stripe with a series of
Z-like motifs frames the carpet. L. Kerimov reports that Arsalan is not the
name of a place, because these carpets were made in the villages Khaynalyg,
Budag, Sefejb, Gyryz Derk and Talysh (I would presume that this carpet was
produced in Gyanja). Kerimov comments that this name possibly refers to
Arsalan. the son of Toghrul the Seljug, ruler of the Seljug dynasty in the
11th century. A well-known Turkish tribe of the 12th century is also said to
have borne this name.
Warps: Wool, Z3 S, dark ivory.
Wefts: Wool, Z2, light ivory, 2 wefts: Ist minimally tight, 2nd waved,
Pile: Wool,Z2, Pile Height: 5 mm.
Knots: Symmetrical 1 - Symmetircal 5, \, H 40, V34 = 1,360 Kn/dm2.
Handle: Velours, not thick, coarse-grained.
Upper End: 2.5 cm wool flat-woven end, c. 1 cm blue (4 rows) and dark red (1
row) soumak, the remainder of fringes knotted in staggered groups.
Lower End: Like upper end, but without the dark red soumak row.
Selvedge: c. 1 cm dark brownish-red woolen shirazi around 2 ribs in
figure-of-eight wrapping with supplemental threads.
Condition: Good, but
somewhat dry wash. Remarks: Outstanding light, classic colours, and very
Literature: L. Kerimov II, colour ill 31.
published at Siyawouch
Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian