Fine East Caucasian Kuba Runner – North Shirvan

Rug #1968
Size: 262 x 112 cm / 8.6 x 3.7 ft
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Fine East Caucasian Kuba Runner – North Shirvan. Allover design Wool on Wool foundation



This Fine Caucasian Kuba Runner is published in;

THE PERSIAN CARPET, ‘The Fabric of Life’, Essie Sakhai, Woodbridge, 2008.

pl. 340.  p. 417.

This rug from the Caucasian part of
Azerbaijan is one of a distinctive design group
attributed to the Kuba region of north Shirvan in the
eastern Caucasus. Most have the design arranged on a
single vertical axis as here. The design itself consists of
pairs of large opposed split palmettes (rumi), each pair
springing from a central serrate-edged figure of ‘eagle’-
like form; these four split-palmettes form an implied
‘open’ octagon, in the centre of which is another ‘open’
medallion formed by opposed pairs of ivory ‘v’ shaped
bars attached to the ‘eagle’ forms and with two large
yellow leaf forms pointing left and right. This latter
complete motif appears not only in the centre of each
implied octagon but also between them. It seems clear
that, like several other well-known east Caucasian
designs, this pattern is based on a textile, possibly one
of the 16th-17th century Caucasian silk embroideries,
which, in turn, are prob ably provincial versions of more
sophisticated embroideries from the major Persian
centres such as Kashan. This rug has an unusually
generous version of the field design, with clear bright
colours, and also a fairly unusual version of the
‘blossom’ border, which is also piled in an exceptionally
beautiful palette. All this suggests a comparatively early
date in the second half of the 19th century.


Fine East Caucasian Kuba Runner – North Shirvan. This piece was handwoven in the Caucasus, Azerbaijan. For further information please contact us and our team will be pleased to assist you. All pieces in the collection are under the auspices of Essie Sakhai, one of the world’s foremost experts and collectors of fine handmade Persian rugs and carpets.