rug, so called "Lesghi Star" design, late 19th century, Southern Kuba
Region, North East
Divichi district, Kuba
195 x 126 cm
2nd half of the 19th century
On the midnight-blue central field, four-and-a-half star medallions (goels)
are arranged on the vertical axis. According to L. Kerimov, odd numbers of
medallions (goels) do occur. In the remaining part of the field, fabulous
birds, cross-palmettes, islimi and other elements of the Pirebadil are
integrated, the reason for this being the immediate proximity of the two
villages of Zeiva and Pirebadil.
The main border on a dark brownish-red ground constitutes a variety of the "kufi"
border (shami); "sham" is the ancient term for Syria. The star-leaf vine
meander is typical of this region and the various carpet families of this
region. The outer carnation border in this classic piece is characteristic
Warp: Wool,Z4S, light ivory.
Weft: Cotton, Z2, white, 2 wefts: 1st tight, 2nd waved.
Pile: Wool, Z2, PH: 5 mm.
Knots: Symmetrical 2, /, 60 ', H 60, V 35 = c. 2,100 Kn/dm2.
Handle: Velvet-like, thin, lightly ribbed
Selvedge: Thin, round, while cotton shirazi.
Remarks: This piece belongs to the classic Zeiva family. Ulrich Schurmann
shows an Alikhanly under this name (ill. 112, p. 293).
Literature: L Kerimov V, colour ill. 6: U. Schurmann, plate 101, p. 271.
published at Siyawouch
Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian
rugs" plate no: 41