The deep brown oxidized field of this Bidjov Kuba rug from the southeast Caucasus provides the perfect canvas for the various colorful abstract vegetal elements radiating against it. Together these forms combine to create a stylized rendition of the Persian floral 'afshan' design; a pattern popular in the Caucasus from at least the early 17th century. The rendering of the field design here with its strong radiating horizontal articulations may also be reminiscent of contemporaneous carpets woven in the sumak technique from the same region. The natural corrosion to the ground, caused by the inclusion of an iron mordant to fix the brown dye, results in a surprisingly and very pleasing sculptural effect. An outer Seichur-type border frames the piece and lends an exceptional balance along with the various white highlights within the field.
Bidjov Kuba rug19th C (4th Q)
- Selvedges restored, corrosive brown re-knotted in areas
- 3' 10"
- 5' 9"
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