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Safavid Arabesque Islimi carpet, inspired by the XVI century Safavid carpet fragment from the Austrian Museum for Art

Size (metric): 220x300cm
Size (ft): 7'3"x9'10"
Area: 6.6 m2
Density: 170 000 knots per square meter, totally ~ 1 million and 120 thousand knots
Pile height: 0.5cm
Ends: 2 cm ivory kilim weaving, chained short fringes
Weaving period: 4 months

medium blue, madder red, two shades of yellow, mustard (dark goldenrod), beige, burgundy, mauve, light green, midnight blue, light blue, ivory, dark brown.
Dyes: 100% natural dyes: madder, weld (Reseda Luteola), indigo, pomegranate skins, natural brown sheep wool, natural ivory sheep wool
- all are eco-friendly and non-toxic
Materials: Handcarded and handspun wool for pile, ivory wool warps and 2 shots of ivory wool wefts

Weaver: Sona, Leyla, Zahra - local village women, who wove this rug in their house, as a natural part of her daily family routine

Design:  The inner field has an all-over pattern on a blue ground; two series of arabesque-stems, in red with yellow outline and yellow with red outline, intersect one another and cover the inner field like a network. The arabesques have curled ornaments and offshoots, with conventional blossoms at intervals. The stems develop into curves ending in arabesques, or join together into lozenges or curved forms repeating in rows. Between the stems, and covered by them, grow flowering plants in colours. Most of the plants have volute-like motives at their roots.

In the main border are two differently-coloured wavy stems of arabesque-form, with blossoms on a red ground; these intersect one another so as to balance. Between them as a filling are green stems with white cinque-foil blossoms. Outer border: continuous wavy stem with red blossoms and green leaves on a white ground. Inner border: counterchange cresting (trefoil) in yellow and wine-red.

Contact us for more information about this rug

 Contact us for more information about this rug

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.