Rug of the Month
Kuba is an area in present day Azerbaijan that has been known to create some of the finest Caucasian rugs on the market. Situated in northeast Azerbaijan, Kuba is well known for its apples and its rugs! The Caucasian region -- consisting of Azerbaijan, Turkey and The Republic of Georgia -- has been well known for its rug production for centuries. Kuba uses high quality wool and a relatively high knot count, which makes their rugs some of the finest in the region. Within Kuba there are a large variety of styles that are named after the particular village or city of the weaving and each of these varieties has their own specific characteristics. The rug shown here is a Kuba Seichur (also known as Seychour or Zeychour). These antique rugs, made mostly in the late 1800s, are unique due to a few distinguishing characteristics.
One such characteristic is the border designs used in these rugs. The most common border found in Seichur rugs is shown here in the outer border, the "running dog" border, most often woven in blues and whites. Kuba Seichurs will usually be found with one or two primary borders rather than one primary border and multiple guard borders. The inner border here is also a common design in Seichur rugs -- the cabbage rose. This particular flower can be found in many Seichur as an overall design in the field, as well.
Another common design element in Seichur rugs is the cross medallion in this rug. Often referred to as the "St. Andrew's Cross" or the "Seichur cross", this symbol is found in many Seichur rugs as a repetitive motif running vertically through the field and surrounded by floral designs -- as is shown in the rug here.
This rug, which is a new acquisition, is truely a treat to have! Dating to the late 19th century, with a knot count of approximately 94 kpsi, this fine rug is in fair condition with some wear on the body and in the fringe. However, it is full of character and worth the visit to check it out!