Kadim Minareh Kuba
district, Kuba 156 X 105 cm 192 Final quarter of the 19th century
The light-ground central field is divided into three squares with three
further squares within them joined by bars. Within the squares, octagons
enclose two double-ended hooks that cross one another. Between the squares,
there are comb-like motifs which, according to L. Kerimov, represent Allah,
the Arabic term for God. Every Muslim in the world prays to Allah. Since
"Allah" appears on many minarets as a form of artistic religious expression,
theses carpets - woven in the city of Kuba - are termed Kadim minareh (old
minaret). They were also woven in the Salyan region. The light-ground main
border shows a variation of the "crab border", actually a bent, broken and
intermittent vine meander set with palmettes. Four vine meanders ending in
bird heads emerge from between the arms of the palmette crosses in whose
centre they join. L. Kerimov terms this border suflu elyam (no translation).
Two vine meander borders on a dark-blue ground with blossoms surround the
Warps: Wool,Z3S,dark ivory.
Wefts: Wool, Z2, brown to dark brown, 2 waved wefts
Pile: Wool,Z2,Pile Height:5mm.
Knots: Symmetrical 1, \, H 32, V 30 = 960Kn/dm2.
Handle: Soft, almost thin, flat-grained.
Upper End: c. 1 cm blue woolen soumak in 5 rows.
Lower End: Like upper end, but 0.8 cm soumak in 4 rows.
Selvedge: c. 1.5 cm blue woolen shirazi of 4 ribs in figure-of-eight
wrapping with supplemental threads partly extending up to 1 cm into the
Condition: Good, only partly faded.
Literature: L Kerimov II, ill. 128, p. 154.
published at Siyawouch
Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian
rugs" plate no: 20