Kuba Rugs, also known as Quba, is a historic Khanate or administrative district populated by the Lezghi people and Azeri Turks. Located in present-day Azerbaijan, the city of Kuba produced some of the most distinctive and finely executed Caucasian rugs. They are beautifully and richly colored, and they combine cryptic Caucasian symbols with exceptionally decorative motifs. Regional sub-types, such as Konagkend rugs, are often lumped together with the diverse Kuba group. Antique Kuba rugs include famous chi-chi prayer rugs, large-scale blossom patterns and richly colored rugs decorated with a series of radiant medallions. Lezghi stars and Chelaberd medallions with appendages that resemble eagle’s wings or sunbursts are also produced. Some of the most splendid allover patterns feature exquisite latticework motifs that are filled with floral sprigs.
Although antique Kuba rugs are exceptionally diverse, they are united by their colors and superb craftsmanship. This versatility and level of quality makes it easy to dress them up or tone them down to match the ambiance of sleek modern interiors or traditional decor. Antique Kuba rugs are colorful, symbol-filled works of art that are sure to delight seasoned collectors and those who are new to the world of Caucasian rugs and carpets.
Kuba rugs: Noted for their precise drawing and detailed design, antique Kuba rugs are probably the finest and most tightly woven rugs from the Caucasus. Closely related to Shirvans and Dagestans, they are distinguished by a dense, ribbed structure and higher knot count. While medallion compositions do appear on Kubas, they are best known for their meticulous allover patterns of small, carefully worked motifs. Some of the more well known and sought-after Kuba types are the so called “Chi-Chi” and Konaghend patterns, or the Alpan and Zeykhur designs. If Kazaks are the most powerful of Caucasian rugs, Kubas a surely the the most elegant.