Magical Afghan Kuba & Inviting Heriz
Posted on January 15th, 2015 by Joshua Kebabian
The magical Afghan Kuba hanging in WINDOW LEFT measures 8.9 x 12.3. This enchanting piece was hand-knotted in northern Afghanistan over a period of 7-8 months by Hazara women using handspun Ghazni wool with natural dyes. This carpet was inspired by an antique Kuba design from the Caucasus.
Kuba is a small town in the southeast corner of the province of Daghestan. A Persian fort located there is believed to have been the residence of a Khan who likely brought along his own weavers. This may account for the Kubas having the most elaborate floral forms of all Caucasian rugs.
“Why do two colors, put next to each other, sing? Can one really explain this? No. Just as one can never learn how to paint.” Pablo Picasso. The artist’s utilization of color in this historical design masterfully draws the design to the eye and the heart. The honey-colored ivory effortlessly highlights all the other colors: navy, red, blue, peach, gold and green drawing the eye to continue to look and examine the magical harmony of this work of art.
The main border is reminiscent of the “stripe” of the Ladik prayer rugs where the principal motifs are Rhodian lilies, and rosettes identical with Persian forms. The main border which displays the stylized flowers on a larger scale brings in just the right amount of “air” to keep the piece playful.
This enchanting Kuba design carpet sings beautifully and
will bring a magical harmony to the space in which it lands.
This attractive finely woven Heriz hanging in WINDOW RIGHT measures 9 x 12 and was hand-knotted in northern India using the Senneh knot by professional weavers in a workshop. This lovely piece took four weavers approximately six to seven months to produce
The extensive color palette of brick red, carmine, peach, navy, sky blue, cream, taupe, gold, sage, forest green coupled with an airy and sophisticated design is a satisfying feast for the eye and the heart.
The central medallion, representing window to heaven is surrounded by an ivory field of stylized floral elements representing the paradise to come. The four outer quadrants adeptly ground the carpet in navy and brick red creating a masterpiece that will engage and ground a space in a spectacular fashion.
The design is refined, charming and welcoming… encouraging one to dwell on better things.
“He wiped his shoes before his door,
but paused to do a little more.
He dusted off the stains of strife.
The mud that’s incident to life,
The blemishes of careless thought,
The traces of the fight he’d fought,
The selfish humors and the mean,
And when he entered he was clean.”
“At the Door” by Edgar A. Guest
Oriental Rugs and Carpets, Arthur Urbane Dilley