Kuba Kilim: Eight-Piece Set of Modular Silkscreen Prints


Kuba Kilim

We proudly offer this Kuba Kilim wall art set consisting of eight silkscreen prints, as yet unmounted. The dimensions of four of the modules are 15″ x 16″ and of the other four are 16″ x 16″. Total area: 1,984 sq. in. Colors: black and brick red on white. The source of this pattern is a Kuba kilim rug, 65″ x 126″, produced in the northern Caucuses, ca. 1880. Photographed at a Skinner auction, Boston, April 2019.

Kuba Rugs from Azerbaijan

Kuba is a rug-producing town in what is now Azerbaijan. The fine tribal rugs that come from this town are said to have been woven by Armenians. The original rug from which this pattern was derived was multicolored. The color palette was reduced to create a bolder effect, emphasizing the star-like pattern. Although this Kuba Kilim wall art set is as yet unmounted, it can be mounted on request.


A Bold Color Scheme and Asymmetric Modular Pattern

In this print set, we reduced the multicolored palette of the original kilim rug to a simple maroon and black on white. The result is quite stark, but we resisted the impulse to augment or fill in the white background. The result is a pattern that is reminiscent of snowflakes, viruses, or other microscopic phenomena. The fact four of the eight modules are slightly larger than the rest creates a subtle visual asymmetry that adds to the appeal of this set.