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Kuba No.9 (Fragment)

Kuba No.9 (Fragment)

"Fragment" of a Kuba carpet (No.9), from "Making Miniature Oriental Rugs & Carpets" by Meik and Ian McNaughton (Guild of Master Craftsman, c1998)

10 January - 14 March 2019

The McNaughtons write, "This rug is of an early design [ca.1800], with a severely geometric pattern. The S-border and colouring are characteristic" of the carpets from this region in Azerbaijan, near the Caspian Sea.

This is an experiment in reproducing a "damaged" carpet, as though half of it is missing -- the original has three stars in the center ground -- and perhaps most of the edge has raveled away and it has since been repaired. The darker portion here is worked with 2 threads and the "faded" part with one, to make it look worn. I might try staining it with coffee too ....

Worked with DMC floss on 28-count Monaco; finished size approx. 3 x 2.25 in. (8 x 6 cm). I converted the original Appleton's crewel wool shades to DMC, and lightened those to "fade" them.