Collecting & Connoisseurship

KONAGEND KUBA, Northeast Caucasian, 3′ 9″ x 5′ 8″, Late 19th Century

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Claremont Rug Company is pleased to present our newest addition to the Featured Arrivals collection, a bold and engaging Konagend Kuba Caucasian carpet. An unusual and brilliant Chinese red and gracefully arching geometricized arabesques join an extremely dramatic border of high-contrast bird motifs in this exceptional rug. The rich polychromatic palette is set off by the potent saturation of the warm red, expertly accentuated by golden wheat and bright ivory accents. Surprising color shifts occur even within individual motifs, including the prominent abrash in interlock motifs of the main border which transition between goldenrod and teal. Intact knotted tassels on the fringe ends strongly suggest this piece was especially well-preserved and highly esteemed by its owners for more than a century. Such an exciting composition with robust contrasts will delight those afficionados who cherish the tribal weaver’s freespirited approach to color.

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