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Early Kuba prayer rug (namazlyg), Southern Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

Plate no: 42
early 19th century
1.02 x 1.32m (3'4" X 4'0")

Kuba prayer rugs of floral lattice design are considered to be among the earliest from this region. Some types
within the Kuba group (notably Konaghend and Chichi) tend to have dark grounds, but the lattice rugs of Kuba itself
are more or less evenly divided between dark and light. The two rugs shown here are virtual reverse images of each
other, with one having a dark lattice field and a light border and the other a light-ground lattice with a blue-black
border. Kuba lattice rugs are characterized by their naturalistic depiction of flowers; most feature an
idiosyncratic three-part flower (possibly a tulip) and another flower with leaves only on one side.1 A related group
of Kubas, of very fine weave and often with silk or cotton wefts, has only the latter feature: this group is
exemplified by, eighteenth -century secular carpet illustrated as plate 64 in Schrmann's Caucasian Rugs. Both group
share the characteristic border design, an early and complex version of the stylized "Kufic' script.

The rug shown in plate 42 here is probably somewhat older than that in plate 43; the drawing is more spacious and
the floral lattice rendered in a wonderfully naturalistic manner (a feature of the earliest examples of this type).


Published at Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer Rugs