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Kuba Shahnazarli rug in a dark blue ground


Size: 102x171cm

Size (ft): 3'4"x5'7"

Area: 1.74 m2

Density: 166 000 knots per square meter, totally ~300 000 knots

Colors: dark blue, ivory, red, yellow, dark green, sky blue, medium blue, variegated green, apricot, dark brown, maroon.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, onion skins, natural dark brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool

Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps (natural ivory and brown twist) and ivory wool wefts (two shots). 1cm of flatwoven kilim ends at both sides. - wool on wool

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height: 0.5 cm

Ends: five rows of decorative knotted meshwork

Inscriptions: the word "Kuba" with ancient Orkhon Yenisei scripts (should be read from the back of the rug), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe, 1441 (weaving date)

Weaver: Narmina

Weaving Period: three months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

The indigo field scattered with various polychrome floral, animal and geometric minor motifs around the central stepped medallion, in a golden yellow ground polychrome S (dragon) motif main border and outer flowerhead minor borders

The serrated/saw-edged medallions (flame, gubba, gubpa) have been related by some authors to ancient Egyptian and Persian Royal insignia.


"Dragon symbol" - The Dragon (Ejderha), also expressed as a Snake, is the symbol of might and power in ancient Turkic tradition. It is believed, especially in mountainous Central Asia, that dragons still live in the mountains of Tian Shan/Tengri Tagh and Altay.


so called "Sumac" motif. This is probably named in this by the villagers of the region only in the 19th century. The original motif can be seen in the medieval decorations, and is called "eternal knot". It is a modified form of a Kufic script.


fertility symbol


Grape Leaf


Endless knot motif


The design contains many interesting details. Note how the "S" motifs in the main border rotate in an irregular way. Some of the flowerhead petals in the minor borders are 'fallen off'. The number of the hooks inside the red gubbas (serrated motif) on the top and bottom differs from each other. The colors of the eternal knot motif inside this gubba are also different at the bottom and top.


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Contact us for more information about this rug


For more information about the above rug or to place an order please email (Baku, Azerbaijan) or  (San Francisco Bay Area). We will get back to you within 24 hours or less.