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mid 19th century Kuba prayer rug in a double-niche format, North East Azerbaijan

Plate no: 41

mid-19th century
1.07 x 1.35m (3' 6" x 4 '5")

This rug, with its naturalistic flowers in a latticed field, is a later version of the type shown in plate 42. The field is of similar colouring to that example, and both rugs also share the elaborate arabesque variant border (heavily corroded in this piece) and the medachyl (reciprocal trefoil) guard borders. Its double-niche format is apparently unique for a Kuba rug. The flowers are drawn with none of the idiosyncratic peculiarities one expects
from rugs in this group, such as the tripartite tulip and flowers with leaves on one side of the stem;1 instead they display certain Daghestan characteristics such as diamond-shaped flowerheads (see plate 55). The rug also has the marked depression of alternate warps, another Daghestan characteristic; indeed the rug's owner, Ross Winter, prefers a Daghestan attribution. The original knotted mesh ends are typical of the Kuba group, however, and the rug displays many other Kuba features. The direction of the flowers would seem to indicate that the taller of the two arches was
intended as the top.

Published at Ralph Kaffel's Caucasian Prayer Rugs