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Azerbaijan Harshang-Afshan design rug on an ivory ground

Code: AZSJB06D

Size: 144x214cm

Size (ft): 4'8"x7'0"

Area: 3.08 m2

Density: ~170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~530 000 knots

Colors: yellow, sky blue, apricot, dark navy blue, red, yellow, aqua green, medium green, dark green, hazelnut, maroon, chartreuse, cinnamon, dark brown, medium brown, ivory.

Dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), orange onion skins, purple onion skins, cochineal, indigo, pomegranate skins, walnut husks, natural dark brown sheep wool, natural ivory 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: 0.4cm

Ends: five rows of decorative knotted meshwork

Inscriptions: tamga (tribal seal) of Afshar tribe (top right), the word "Adn" ("Garden of Eden" - top center), weaving date

Weaver: Qarina, Leyla

Weaving Period: Three months

Handwoven in Azerbaijan

Design: The Harshang & Afshan design, featuring various palmettes and stylized flowers, is among the most classic formats. The design was extremely popular in both the Caucasian and Iranian Azerbaijan throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It appears that the design was first used in the Khorasan district and in origin ultimately derives from the Isfahan 'in and out' palmette design. For a discussion of late eighteenth and early 19th century contrasting appearances of the harshang design, see Pamela Bensoussan, 'Four Harshang Pattern Carpets in the Museée des Arts Decoratifs', Hali, vol.3, no.3, pp.207-209. Highly stylized bird figures are depicted in-betweel the floral motifs.

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