Knotted pile runner from Kuba region, Caucasus

Made in Kuba region, Caucasus, 1850-1860.

The botanical theme of this yellow-ground runner from Kuba is typical of many rugs from the northern Caucasus, as is the border of sharp rosettes with four leaves on either side. The abundant use of yellow in the field is unusual and probably reflects the local availability of good fast yellow dyes. With their high knot density, rugs from Kuba are considered by many to be the finest of the Caucasian weaves. As is characteristic of rugs from Kuba or the surrounding area, the warps and wefts are o...

Summary

2004/136/2
Rug or runner, wool / cotton, Kuba region, northern Caucasus, 1850-1860

A long rectangular, knotted pile runner with a mustard coloured central field compartmentalised by a serrated leaf lattice containing a series of stylised floral motifs. The main border features sharp rosettes and four small leaves on a white ground and the guard stripes contain a series of elongated S shapes. The palette is muted and includes shades of orange, blue and red, plus black and natural white with the mustard field. The side cords are cotton.

Dimensions

1060 mm

Production

The botanical theme of the design is typical of many rugs from the northern Caucasus, as is the border of sharp rosettes with four leaves on either side. The abundant use of yellow in the field is unusual and probably reflects the local availability of good fast yellow dyes.

Typically for a rug from the town of Kuba or surrounding area, the warps and wefts of this example are of wool, with cotton side cords, and the pile is symmetrically knotted. Rugs from Kuba, which have a high knot density, are considered by many to be the finest of the Caucasian weaves. Kuba rugs are easily identifiable by their rigid feel, due to the practice of substantially depressing alternate warps. Because of the almost exclusive use of wool, they are usually quite heavy.
1850-1860

Source

Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program by Dr George Soutter, 2004
7 October, 2004

Cite this Object

Knotted pile runner from Kuba region, Caucasus 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2017, <https://ma.as/348162>
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