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An early Kuba prayer rug, Southern Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan

Plate no: 43
early 19th century
1.06 x 1.36m (3'6" X 4'5")

It is quite closely related to the Schrmann example cited above and to an example illustrated as plate 25 in Orient Stars and sold at Sotheby's, New York in 1992. Hali described the latter as a very beautiful rug with excellent colours and well-drawn flowers, very finely knotted on wool warps and cotton wefts. Although Schrmann and Sotheby's attribute their examples to Shirvan, current scholarship would suggest Kuba as the proper origin for these pieces.

The rug in plate 42 is virtually identical to an example published in Burns, The Caucasus: Traditions in Weaving (plate 28). From an Italian private collection, it was previously published in John Eskenazi's Vane del tappeto orientate (plate 141). Like other ivory-lattice pieces in this group it features minor borders composed of a repeat pattern of small diamonds of alternating colours, creating an illusion of oblique stripes. Dark-lattice Kubas, on the other band, generally feature very finely drawn medachyl guard borders, as in plate 42 shown here.

Published at Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer Rugs