3’2″ x 5′ Kuba, Late 19th century, South Caucasus
Kuba (Modern spelling: Quba) is both a city, and a district located in the northeast Caucasus in present day Azerbaijan. This example exhibits two structural characteristics typical of the group: a multiple blue cord selvedge side finish, and a blue soumak stitch across each end. Octagons feature prominently in the design. In the blue field this geometric form creates a lattice while in the major border the free standing octagons each hold an eight pointed star. It is in very good condition with the original grey, and ivory warp end plates mostly in tact.