Kuba rugs are a development of the early Armenian rugs. They were woven in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The weaving is firm and fine, and the designs interesting. Arranged on a field which is generally of deep blue is seen the diamond design and also palmettes and small octagon and arabesque forms. Also small conventionalized forms of tree and leaf are symmetrically placed. The colors are usually blue, ivory, deep red, old rose, light green, and so dark a brown that it looks black. A Kuba rug that I own has all the colors mentioned and a border of the well-known cufic design with narrower borders of vines and also of rosettes.
( Originally Published Late 1900's )