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AH 1332 (1914 AD) dated Kuba "Zejwa" rug, Devechi District, Southern Lowland Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan, 173 X 120 cm

The three concentric medallions on the midnight-blue central field closely resemble the medallions of carpet no 22. Certainly, there are some small differences in their elements, the main one being the ornamental design of the central field. In this case, three whole medallions appear in the centre and eight half-medallions are arranged in staggered rows along the sides. Representations of birds appear like in the Pirabadil from the province of Kuba. The lateral arrow-like insertions on each side, with four C motifs as if on a pole, are also interesting.

The pale-ground main border includes -according to L. Kerimov - a variety of the kabala naqish which is more characteristic of Zeikhur carpets and is described as a running dog. Two minor borders of carnations flank the main border. Two further minor borders appear inside, the aksu (white water) border portraying simple waves.

Warps: Wool, Z3 S, light ivory.
Wefts: Cotton, Z2, white, 2 wefts: 1st straight, 2nd waved.
Pile: Wool, Z2,
Pile Height: 5mm.
Knots: Symmetrical 3, \85◦, H60xV50 = 3,000 Kn/dm2.
Handle: Velvety, thin, ribbed.
Upper End: c. 0.8 cm white cotton simple tapestry weave.
Lower End: c. 1 cm white cotton simple tapestry weave.
Selvedge: Round, thin, white cotton shirazi.
Condition: Except for the missing sections on the upper and lower ends, good. Remarks: This carpet is of outstanding quality. The medallions may be comparable to Goeklan or eagle goels, although these carpets are considerably newer. Doris Eder, loc.cit., p. 352, already referred to this connection.

Literature: L. Kerimov II, ill. 147, p. 179; furthermore: D. Eder, loc. cit, p. 353, No 404, but she refers to it as Zeiva (Zejwa).

published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs", plate no: 23