Antique Baku or Southern Kuba rug, mid-19th century, Azerbaijan.
Published at Ian
Bennett: Oriental Rugs. Volume I: Caucasian Rugs
Plate: 436 This piece has beautiful, mellow colours and unusually shaped
stars, giving it a very archaic quality. Some experts have voiced the
opinion that this is, indeed, a very fine and genuine old Lesghi rug. It is
easily noted, however, that the style of composition is not typical of those
rugs usually ascribed to the Lesghi, and the stars are not actually Lesghi
stars. Both chromatically and stylistically, the nearest comparison that can
be made is with the "star" Kazaks, such as our 1 (the interlock border is
also not found very often on north-east Caucasian rugs). Note also the
Memling güls between the large stars, changing to a mini version of the
large stars between the bottom two. A very rare and interesting piece.
Probably mid-19th century. 245 x 121 cm