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AH 1281 (1864 AD) dated Kuba Perepedil prayer rug (namazlyg), Southern Hillside Kuba Region, Devechi-Shabran District, North East Azerbaijan. published at Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer Rugs as plate 47. 1.22 X 1.42m (4'0" x 4'8")

Two divergent schools of thought exist on the development of the Perepedil design. The established theory is that it is derived from traditional dragon and animal forms, whereas a newer idea (put forward by Christine Klose) proposes that it is linked to the floral patterns of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century embroideries. A design anomaly present in this rug (also in plate 37) would tend to support Klose's opinion. The "ram's horn" motif in the lower left is "S" shaped rather than "E" shaped; such a deviation would be unthinkable if the motif were truly meant to symbolize animal horns. It would, however, be acceptable and logical if the weaver's intent were to depict what Klose calls "calycinal blossoms". These different theories, however, only serve to confirm the syllogistic nature of rug studies, and neither enjoys full acceptance.

The older Perepedils have light grounds of white, ivory and (much more rarely) yellow. Although reliably dated to 1864, this rug has the spaciousness and boldness of these earlier examples. Another anomaly is that it lacks the "animal" or "lily blossom" figures usually found in Perepedils. Tbe border, comprising light coloured serrated "wine cups" separated by hooked figures on a dark blue ground, is a variant on the "leaf and wine cup" pattern.