A Rare Village Kuba Soumac rug in very good condition
From the late 1800s many towns of the Kuba district were centres of production for Soumac rugs but most were produced in workshops and exhibited a certain order in the design.
How can one tell if a rug is a village rug filled with soul and not a workshop?
When one sees evidence of 'soul' in the rug, it is likely to be a village rug, designed and created start to finish by one individual.
In this one for instance, there are the usual 3 medallions. But the central one is green! This is not at all common.
The most important part of this rug is the presence of animals in the field, that once again is not common at all.
There are 18 animals of which two have horns. Many of these have designs on their bodies and many have legs that are made of a different color. Clearly, the attention paid to the animal motifs is significant and much thought has gone into the creation of each.
Further, upon closer examination it is seen that elements within the 3 central medallions are both well developed and primitive e.g. the candy-stripe borders, the shapes of the birds, the stunning yellow border as well as the superb white border.
So it may be said with reasonable certainty that this is a traditional village rug and not a workshop rug.
Macrame ends. Surprisingly soft pliable handle.
Some inscription present in the lowest medallion.
Fading present. Very old repairs present.
Very good condition otherwise.
6'-2" x 8'-10"
Estimated to be from the late 1800s
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections.Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.