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Blossom rug with the alternation of dragon rug palmettes (based on the 18th century design)


Size: 153x186cm

Size (ft): 5'0"x6'1"

Area: 2.84 m2

Density: 170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~480 000 knots

Colors: madder red, navy blue, medium blue, mauve, aubergine, cinnamon, light brown, medium brown, dark brown, ivory, light aqua green, lawn green, yellow.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, onion skins, natural dark brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool, natural light brown sheep wool

Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and ivory wool wefts (two shots). 1cm of flatwoven kilim ends at both sides. - wool on wool

Knots: Gördes (Turkish, symmetrical)

Pile height: 0.4mm

Ends: five rows of decorative knotted meshwork

Design: This specific design derived from the historical Dragon rugs, used mainly in the 18th and early 19th century Azerbaijan rugs. Two different type of palmettes are recognizable from the early Dragon rugs and these are the main objects of the design. The serrated bands and dragon figures of the classic Dragon design is not present here anymore. The exact weaving location of this type of rugs is unknown. It could be Karabagh, Gendje or Shirvan. The known historical examples of this specific type of blossom rugs (with no dragon figure): 1) The rug published in the catalogue no:286 by Dr. Fritz Nagel, which carries the exact design of this newly woven rug. The rug was mistakenly dated to the 17th century 2) The floral rug in the Protestant Church, Sepsiszentgyörgy, Hungary (published by de Vegh and Layer, plate 30) 3) The Louvre Museum palmette rug 4) Heinrich Kircheim Karabagh blossom rug (presented as “Kazak” in his book “Orient Stars”, plate 60) 5) The blossom rug fragment in the Medelhavsmuseetthe - Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm 6) Blossom Kazak rug fragment in a private collection (Patrick Pouler). The smaller motifs around the central medallion are the deformed flaming lion above the chilin, which can be seen in the early Dragon rug examples. There are three inscriptions on the rug: top left shows the name of the weaving place - “Baku” (woven in the Kufic style calligraphic letters (VII-X centuries calligraphic form of the Arabic scripts)); top right “1438” (lunar weaving date = 2017), and a tamga of Afshar tribe woven inside the half palmette at the top of the central field.

Inscriptions: 1438 (=2017 weaving date), tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe

Weaver: Gulnara, Gultekin, Lala

Weaving Period: three (three) months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

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For more information about the above rug or to place an order please email vd@azerbaijanrugs.com (Baku, Azerbaijan) or ra@azerbaijanrugs.com  (San Francisco Bay Area). We will get back to you within 24 hours or less.